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Spotlight Health is a series of programs in partnership with the Spotlight Health Conference and the Aspen Ideas Festival. The six-episode multi-year series presents global leaders in health and medicine.

Spotlight Health 2018: Viewpoints

Jun 12, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Disrupting Health Systems

Jun 5, 2018

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Healthy Communities

May 30, 2018

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Our Planet Our Health

May 22, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health Conference.

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health Conference.

Spotlight Health 2018: 5 years of Spotlight Health

May 8, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Our guest today is Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. Julianne studies the effects of social relationships and social isolation on health and longevity.   

Her research has found that loneliness can be just as unhealthy as smoking and obesity, and she’s encouraging the medical community to consider the importance of relationships when talking to patients.  

             

Our first guest is Steven Keating.  When a tumor was discovered in Steven’s brain, he wanted to know everything he could about it, even choosing to stay awake during the surgery that removed the mass. But getting information about his own treatment was much more complicated than he anticipated. His experience led him to become a patient advocate.  He now works on technology that would make medical data more accessible and easier to understand for patients themselves.  

We speak to Dr. Andrew Morris-Singer, president and founder of Primary Care Progress, or PCP.  His organization provides leadership development and training to primary care doctors. Part of this training is centered on how a focus on collaboration and relationships can help doctors treat patients more effectively.

This week we talk to Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe.  He focuses on community mental health and developed the "Friendship Bench" community mental health intervention.  It's now been scaled up to over 70 primary care clinics in Zimbabwe.  

We talk with Ngozi Erondu, an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine and co-founder of the Global Bridge Group.  She is an infectious disease epidemiologist and global health policy expert. Her research looks at where "gaps" happen in health systems, things that might prevent people from receiving treatment if health workers don't have the resources they need.  

Hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay talk with Minda Dentler. When she was an infant in India, she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed.  She was adopted into an American family.  Minda began competing in triathlons, using a handcycle and a racing wheelchair.  In 2013, she became the first official female handcyclist in history to complete an Ironman Championship.  She's also a passionate advocate for global immunization and polio eradication.   

 

 

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 6

Jun 7, 2016

    

In the last episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher

talked with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt about the short and long term effects of going on a diet.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 5

May 31, 2016

  In the fifth episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with a doctor about his experiences being a black medical student and physician. We also delve into the world of using art when treating military service members.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 4

May 24, 2016

In the fourth episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with two guests about the value of truly being yourself, even when it’s challenging or dangerous.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 3

May 17, 2016

  In the third episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with guest BJ Miller about managing pain, and how we can change the experience of dying. Miller is senior director and advocate at the Zen Hospice Project.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 2

May 10, 2016

  In the second episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with nutrition researcher and cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian about how calories from different kinds of foods can affect us in different ways.

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 1

May 3, 2016

  This is the first episode in our spring series on critical health issues. In this program we’ll talk with researcher Vic Strecher about the boost you could get if you have a specific purpose in life. One example? People with a purpose are “2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease 7 years later,” according to Strecher.

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #6

Apr 14, 2015
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the final episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear about something called Doctor in a Box.

“It’s telemedicine that you can have in the privacy of your own home, or you can actually take the kit with you while you’re traveling and have consistent access to health care.”

The idea comes from a firm who also came up with a bike you probably saw on facebook or twitter last year. Yes, we’ll hear where the Denny Bike is now.

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #5

Apr 7, 2015
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the fifth episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today, we sit down with a recently retired FDA commissioner.

As part of her tenure, Dr. Margaret Hamburg focused on how the U.S. can make sure food and medicine coming from other countries is safe.

Later in the program we’ll hear the argument in favor of hospital mergers and some of the results from one in New York City.

That’s coming up, here on Spotlight Health.

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #4

Mar 31, 2015
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Good afternoon you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the fourth episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear from a health expert who noticed patients spend a lot of time in hospitals without much to do and how that changes when there is art and music in the building.

“I witnessed moments where patients would listen to the concert, and that could be the last beautiful thing they’ve heard.”

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #3

Mar 24, 2015
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the third episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we hear from the doctor who keeps an eye on infectious diseases for the National Institutes of Health. With the measles outbreak in December, he’s tackling the vaccine controversy head on by getting the word out to parents who have not already vaccinated their kids.

“I would try and convince them by, first of all, not attacking them.”

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #2

Mar 17, 2015
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

This is the second episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today, we’ll find out what living longer can mean both emotionally and logistically.

“I ask people on a regular basis, if you have an extra 30 years, where would you put them. And no one has ever said, ‘I’d want to make old age longer.’ ”

We’ll also hear about one way of becoming younger by using blood. That’s right, blood.

APR Special: Spotlight Health 2015, Show #1

Mar 10, 2015
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This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio.

This is the first episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll check in with the world of prosthetics and light therapy, and how medical technology is changing.

We’ll also examine why healthcare is so expensive in the United States, even though the quality of care isn’t always that great.

That’s this hour on Spotlight Health.

Guests: Krista Donaldson, CEO D-Rev & Elizabeth Bradley, Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #6

Jun 10, 2014
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

This is our final episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear about a program to get more humanities students to become doctors, even if they major in, say philosophy.

“And then come to medical school without having had to take many of the traditional science requirements, and without having to take the MCAT.”

That’s the Medical College Admission Test, for all of you who’ve avoided the rigors usually required to become a doctor.

And those more well-rounded physicians could end up working in what Doctor Kenneth Davis calls the hospital of the future

“The providers of health care have no choice but to change. What we have to ask ourselves is with those changes, will we be improving access, and will we be improving quality.”

That’s this hour, on Spotlight Health.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #5

Jun 3, 2014
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio. This is the fifth episode in our series on key health issues.

Today we’ll hear about ways technology is making it easier for people to live their lives. That includes prosthetics and robotics. Think of one of those really cool science terms you learned back in grade school or middle school. Exosekelton! A Roaring Fork Valley resident is using one to start moving again.

And the ever expanding field of 3-D printing could make that even more effective.

That’s this hour on Spotlight Health.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #4

May 27, 2014
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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

I’m Elise Thatcher, and this is the fourth in our series on critical health issues.

We’re going to explore the state of health and sports these days especially kids’ athletics.

“We put kids in uniform at age three, we got adults screaming on the sidelines at age six, and we create the travel teams at seven and eight…”

We’ll also get the details on research about staying young… using younger blood. You may have already heard about it.

“This research, may suggest that Bram Stoker had ideas ahead of his time.

That was a medical professor named Andrew Randall commenting on the shocking news on what may make us all live forever. Drinking blood?

It doesn’t actually involve children’s blood… but we’ll let our guest explain.

That’s this hour on Spotlight Health.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #3

May 20, 2014
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Good afternoon, this is Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio. This is the third of six episodes in our series on key health issues.

Today we’ll untangle why seeing a doctor can be so confusing...

“Despite all the medical advances, there seems to be increasing controversy about what is the right thing to do, even about your most common conditions.”

We’ll hear one solution for making that whole treatment experience cheaper and more effective, too.

“We estimate that we’re taking at least $400 million per year out of Intermountain’s cost of operation, through better care.

Coming up today on Spotlight Health.

Episode 3 of 6 in a series to explore key health issues with guests also participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health programming this summer.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #2

May 13, 2014
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Good afternoon, this is Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio. I’m Elise Thatcher, and this is the second episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll find out how gender plays a role in treating drug addicts…our guest has personal experience with tackling inner demons.

“At 26 was a director at an S & P five firm, but I’d never done anything with my recovery, that was separate.”

We’ll also hear from a former Pepsi Executive about why he believes we should feel empowered to choose exercise or fresh fruit over other unhealthy foods and behaviors.

“What I learned in the food industry, is that many of those tobacco prescriptions don’t apply as easily to food.”

That’s coming up... on Spotlight Health.

Episode 2 of 6 in a series to explore key health issues, with guests also participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health programming this summer.

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #1

May 6, 2014
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Exploring critical health issues in partnership with Aspen Ideas Festival.

Alzheimer’s Disease and global health are the topics in this episode. APR's Elise Thatcher talks with Dr. Huntington Potter, Researcher and Professor of Neurology with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Peggy Clark, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development of the Aspen Institute.

Episode 1 of 6 in a series to explore key health issues, with guests also participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health programming this summer.