Leana Wen, Robert Redfield, Jerome Adams, Ruth Westheimer, Eric Topol to Speak at Aspen Ideas: Health

June 18, 2019

More than 200 world leading experts in medicine, health, and science to engage with the most urgent health care challenges of our time 

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute
202 736 2111 | jon.purves@aspeninstitute.org

Aspen, CO, June 18, 2019 — Aspen Ideas: Health begins in Aspen, CO, on June 20 and runs until June 23. Presented by the Aspen Institute, the three-day event (previously known as Spotlight Health) opens the Aspen Ideas Festival and features more than 200 speakers engaging with urgent health care challenges and exploring cutting-edge innovations in medicine and science.

In 2019, themes will include ethics and values in health, improving mental health, patient empowerment, healthcare and the finance sector, developments in health technology, gut health and inflammatory diseases, and the contradictions of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” The full schedule of panels, interviews, screenings and more is now available to view here: https://www.aspenideas.org/schedule

Speakers include Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General; Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA); Esther Choo, Strategic Lead, Time’s Up Healthcare; Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta; Robert Redfield, Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Eric Topol, Executive Vice President of Scripps Research; Leana Wen, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and Ruth Westheimer, Sex Therapist and Author.

A list of confirmed speakers is available at https://www.aspenideas.org/speakers/health.

Aspen Ideas: Health will livestream a limited number of sessions, some of which are highlighted below. Visit the linked urls for additional information about each session and a page where the livestream will be available:

June 20 at 5:00pm MT: Aspen Ideas: Health opens with Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group, and invited speakers presenting big ideas. Watch Live.

June 21 at 8:00am MT: Discussing reproductive rights with Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, Agnes Bingwaho, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, and Shadia Elshiwy, Assistant Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Moderated by Pat Mitchell, editorial director and curator of TEDWomen. Watch Live.

June 22 at 12:00pm MT: Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is interviewed by NPR Health Policy Correspondent Alison Kodjak.  Watch Live.

June 22 at 1:20pm MT: Discussing the momentum of the #MeToo movement in health care workplaces and beyond with Irin Carmon, Esther Choo, Katie Hood, Jess Ladd, and Naadiya Moosajee. See session page for speaker details. Watch Live.

June 23 at 8:00am MT: Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general and the nation’s doctor, joins Patrick Harker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, in conversation. Watch Live.

June 23 at 10:15am MT: The closing session includes Senator Bill Cassidy interviewed by Elizabeth Cohen, a conversation between Marc Freedman and David Brooks, moderated by Jonathan Capehart; and a conversation with Andrea Rodgers, Vic Barrett, and Alex Loznac, moderated by Maria Hinojosa. See session page for speaker details. Watch Live.

Joining headline speakers and participating in the Festival will be scholars from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

Editor’s Note: Video and audio recordings, photos, and transcripts from Aspen Ideas: Health are available to press. To request content, please contact Jon Purves: jon.purves@aspeninstitute.org.

Other ways to engage with the Festival include:

Presenting underwriters for 2019 Aspen Ideas: Health are BlueCross BlueShield Association, Johnson & Johnson, Mount Sinai Health System, Prudential Financial, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Supporting underwriters are American Hospital Association, Amgen, Brigham Health, The Commonwealth Fund, Emory University, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Pfizer, and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). AAMC, AARP, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, CareCentrix, General Mills, Wellcome, and The Wonderful Company 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.


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