Health Care

Spotlight Health: The Science, Culture, and Sociology of Health

February 29, 2016

This past week Aspen Radio celebrated three years of Spotlight Health, Aspen’s premier event focusing on the scientific, cultural and sociological aspects of health and healthcare. Today’s episode includes conversations on mental health services, innovations in health technology, and a chat with former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Registration is open to attend Spotlight Health at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it for free for a month here.

Emerging from the Darkness: Changing the Mental Health Paradigm

Despite tremendous progress in other branches of medicine, mental health services fail millions who need them, the pharmaceutical armamentarium is inadequate, stigma remains an impediment to care, and the power of early interventions is not effectively harnessed.  How do we get people to view mental health as a basic human right?  How do we reduce treatment disparities, develop effective new drugs, and strengthen community health services? Do we need radically new approaches?

The New Dawn of Disruptive Technologies: Health Tech

From prosthetic devices and bionics to 3D printing and robotics, innovations in health technology have already transformed lives, and are on the brink of changing countless more.  How can organizations overcome distribution challenges, regulation hurdles, and limitations of traditional markets to serve those most in need?

Ten Frontline Innovators Shaping Global Health 

Listen to the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellows for fast-paced storytelling from some of the world’s most effective grassroots healthcare leaders. Speakers include Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, who is building a healthcare system in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from scratch, Jane Otai, who Melinda Gates described as her personal hero for her groundbreaking work promoting maternal health in Kenya’s urban slums, Dr. Ola Orekunrin, who has launched West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service to improve acute trauma care in under-resourced settings, and many more.

A Conversation with former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Walter Isaacson and Kathleen Sebelius discuss the big ideas taking shape in healthcare at the Aspen Ideas Festival: the nation’s premier public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.