Aspen Ideas: Health to gather top minds and policy leaders to speak at annual agenda-setting event

March 27, 2024

Aspen Ideas: Health, June 20-23, will feature the U.S. Surgeon General, directors of the CDC and NIH, and executives from Microsoft and 23andMe. Media invited to apply for credentials.

Contact: Eric Baker

Media Relations Manager

Aspen, CO, March 27, 2024 — On Tuesday, the organizers of Aspen Ideas: Health released a second preview of speakers confirmed for the annual conference’s eleventh convening, June 20-23, 2024 in Aspen, Colorado. The premier health event will welcome over 150 visionary leaders, representing the fields of health care, public health, policy, business, tech, academia, philanthropy, the arts and more, to the Aspen Institute’s beautiful mountain campus to discuss intersectional and innovative approaches to addressing today’s leading challenges in health, medicine, and science.

Attendees will hear from:

  • Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mandy Cohen, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Anne Wojcicki, Co-Founder and CEO, 23andMe
  • Peter Lee, President, Microsoft Research
  • Laura Deming, Partner and Founder, The Longevity Fund
  • Malama Tafuna’i, Primary Care Physician, Senior Professional Practice Fellow, Va’a o Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health, University of Otago
  • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine; Author, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
  • Joshua Roman, Cellist; Composter; Creator, Immunity Project

Other announced speakers, including Monica Bertagnolli, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Toyin Ajayi, CEO of Cityblock, can be found here. Additional details regarding the festival’s full speaker lineup and agenda will be shared in the coming weeks. Event information can be found here.

For media: Journalists interested in attending Aspen Ideas: Health are invited to apply for press credentials here.

This year, Aspen Ideas: Health’s program will focus on key themes including the genomic revolution, mental health, thriving at any age, the economics of health care, the risks and rewards of innovation, the intersection of health and the environment, and health policy in 2024. Learn more about our program tracks.

Aspen Ideas: Health is organized by the Aspen Institute with media partner NBCUniversal News Group.

Aspen Ideas: Health is the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute’s annual nonpartisan flagship event which gathers leaders and thinkers from around the globe to discuss the ideas that will shape tomorrow and help us understand today.


The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, as well as an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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