100+ Leaders in Health to Speak During 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health

May 4, 2017

Policymakers, physicians, innovators, artists, scientists, researchers, journalists, and other experts will speak in Aspen, CO, from June 22-25

Contacts: Douglas Farrar
The Aspen Institute
(202) 736-3848 | douglas.farrar@aspeninstitute.org

Anna Bross
The Atlantic
(202) 266-7714 | abross@theatlantic.com

Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 — More than 100 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders will gather at the fourth annual Spotlight Health to discuss the cutting-edge health issues of our time. Spotlight Health is the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and will take place from June 22-25, 2017, in Aspen, CO. The Atlantic is the official media partner of Spotlight Health.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A limited number of press passes remain available. To apply, please fill out the form here: http://www.aspenideas.org/festival/press.

Featured speakers include: Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager, Watson Health, IBM; Jon Batiste, Bandleader, “The Late Show”; Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour; Sheila Marcelo, Founder, CEO & Chair, Care.com; Raj Panjabi, Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health; Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine; Kevin Washington, President & CEO, YMCA – USA; Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Pat Mitchell, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Rose Marcario, President and CEO, Patagonia; Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Festival Underwriter); Anita Goel, Chairman, CEO, and Scientific Director, Nanobiosym; Sue Siegel, CEO, Ventures, GE; Peter J. Pronovost, MacArthur Fellow, Director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College; and top journalists from The Atlantic and dozens of other leading news organizations.

The public convocation, which will feature one-on-one interviews, panel conversations, film screenings, and more, is a three-day deep dive into global and domestic health. Spotlight Health 2017 will explore four main thematic areas: caregiving, moonshots, the brain, and intersections. More about this year’s program can be found at aspenideas.org/spotlighthealth. Limited passes remain; to register and purchase your pass, please visit aspenideas.org/festival/register.

Over the course of Spotlight Health, a robust and diverse audience is expected in Aspen, CO, and many more will be able to join the conversation online. The Atlantic will report on Spotlight Health in a special report at TheAtlantic.com. All video and audio clips of on-stage conversations will be on aspenideas.org and TheAtlantic.com/live, and on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel. Regular updates from the Festival in the run-up and during the event will be on Facebook.com/aspenideas and on Twitter at @AspenIdeas, @AtlanticLIVE, and with #SpotlightHealth. Additionally, discussions can be followed all year on the Aspen Ideas Festival blog.

Presenting underwriters for the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health are America’s Biopharmaceutical Companies, Care.com, Merck, Mount Sinai Health System, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. Supporting underwriters are Brigham and Women’s Hospital, City of Hope National Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, The Commonwealth Fund, and The Rockefeller Foundation. AARP, Annenberg Foundation, Caring Across Generations, Dignity Health, Infor, RTI International, and Welltower are contributing underwriters.

About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

About The Atlantic
Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic was the 2016 National Magazine of the Year. Bob Cohn is President of The Atlantic and Jeffrey Goldberg is Editor in Chief.


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