Over the last nine years, Aspen Ideas: Health has welcomed nearly 700 inspiring women leaders to our stages to share their bold approaches to better health. In honor of Women's History Month, we're taking a look back at just some of the many highlights. From medical researchers and clinicians to entrepreneurs and activists, meet 9 change makers who are breaking barriers to...
What do Sherlock Holmes and an internist have in common? Meet Lisa Sanders, the doctor reimagining the way medical mysteries are diagnosed. She explains why providers struggle with the "unknown" in our current health care system and offers advice for patients seeking an elusive diagnosis.
The "Great Resignation" has impacted nursing and created a healthcare crisis for us all. What can be done to drive real change and create a supportive work environment where nurses can grow and thrive? Presented by Johnson & Johnson.
From the "War on Cancer" to the "Cancer Moonshot", extraordinary progress continues to be made in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Research is driving life-extending gene therapies, immunotherapies, and other targeted therapeutics forward. Otis Brawley of Johns Hopkins University explains the latest developments at the cutting-edge of cancer care.
In the wake of transformative biopharmaceutical innovation and breakthroughs, Americans need a health care system that ensures these life-saving breakthroughs reach all patients. Courtney Christian reflects on three tangible, collaborative ways to improve health equity. Presented by PhRMA.
A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disease, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and long COVID, afflicts tens of millions of Americans. Best-selling author Meghan O’Rourke discusses her own experience with this elusive category of diseases, often misunderstood and frequently marginalized within our medical system.
Achieving vaccine equity requires authentically communicating with and listening to all communities. As healthcare leaders, we must go where the community is to hear their stories, comprehend their challenges and better understand how to overcome their hurdles. Presented by Novavax.
For people with post-traumatic stress disorder, therapy assisted by the drug MDMA may provide lasting relief, with a new way of seeing their trauma and themselves. Rachel Yehuda explains the pioneering study of this promising therapy. Presented by Mount Sinai Health System.
Monkeypox has now been declared a public health emergency in the US and a global emergency by the World Health Organization. What do we know about this virus and the current outbreak? During Aspen Ideas: Health 2022, Helen Branswell of STAT gave an explainer about monkeypox, highlighting five interesting things to know about the world's latest infectious disease concern.
On a weekly basis, 32 million Americans spend 2 hours at one of 30,000 laundromats across the country. What if that time and space could be used to meet people where they are with essential health services? Learn how Fabric Health is breaking down barriers to care and building community trust at laundromats across Philadelphia.
After two devastating years fighting the pandemic, how do we rebuild and support stronger health care and public health workforces? Dave Chokshi, who helped lead New York City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, shares his thoughts with Aspen Ideas: Health.
Soon, we may be able to visualize any biological process in the human body, at any scale, in real time. Here’s what it will take to get there. Presented by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Our changing climate represents one of the greatest challenges to health for the 21st century. Though all of humankind is at risk, communities with weak health and public health infrastructure are the least equipped to cope with the impacts. We must take urgent steps now to develop effective, long-term, and sustainable climate health action. Presented by CDC Foundation.
With no end in sight to gridlock in Congress, federal courts will continue to have a significant impact on major health policy decisions. Katie Keith of Georgetown University Law Center helps us understand how litigation is shaping healthcare and public health in the United States– from access to preventative services to climate regulations.
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Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee explains why humans evolved to enjoy beauty, how sociocultural contexts shape our aesthetic preferences, and the "beauty is good" stereotype.
Race, ethnicity, age, sex, environment, and other social determinants of health can all impact how different people respond to the same medicine or vaccine. This is why diversity and inclusivity at every stage of the medical research process are critical to learning about the safety and efficacy of potential treatments for all patients. Presented by Pfizer.
"My organization in Tulsa is making pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, and condoms available, but these solutions need to be scaled and distributed more broadly." Laura Bellis, a 2022 Aspen Healthy Communities Fellow, discusses ways to support reproductive autonomy beyond abortion access.
"As long as my existence as a Black physician is noteworthy, communities of underrepresented minorities’ health will suffer." Jabraan Pasha, a 2022 Aspen Healthy Communities Fellow, reflects on the lack of diversity among American physicians, its impact on patients, and solutions for closing this critical gap.
Meet Lea Masamo, a 2022 Aspen Ideas: Health Fellow who's building a movement of people living with sickle cell disease to advocate for programs and policies needed to improve access to quality health care.