What are the challenges and opportunities in health and health care? Who are the leaders driving innovation? How can we build support and advocacy to improve health in our own communities?
Some of the nation's top thought leaders discussed the answers to those and other questions at the 2013 Colorado Health Symposium, Aug. 7-9 at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center.
With the theme "Health Forward: Harnessing the Energy of Change," the 2013 Symposium explored how the transformations in health and health care will impact individuals, communities, health professionals and the marketplace.
Health Elevations' Special Edition
The Colorado Health Foundation's quarterly journal, Health Elevations, took a closer look at the ideas, conversations and presenters of the Symposium in its fall 2013 edition.
Subscribe now to the print or online editions of Health Elevations through the Foundation's Web site.
Plenary and keynote presentations are available on the 2013 Colorado Health Symposium Ustream Channel. The 2013 highlights include:
- Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy
A respected health policy expert and the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Weil jump-started the 2013 Symposium with an overview of where American health care has been and where it is going.
- Regina Holliday, patient advocate and mural artist
Holliday shared an emotional account of how her husband's illness inspired a patient-advocacy campaign that incorporated her personal story with painting and social media.
- Rebecca Costa, sociobiologist and author of "The Watchman's Rattle"
As an evolutionary biologist, former CEO and author, Costa told Symposium participants why they should embrace complexity for the good of health care and the well-being of society.
- Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist, Care Delivery Systems, IBM Research
Dr. Kohn discussed how doctors could utilize technology – including IBM's Watson "super-computer" – to improve health care and patients' lives.
- Bechara Choucair, commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
Dr. Choucair discussed innovative strategic efforts for making Windy City residents healthier.
- Daniel Friedland, founder and CEO, SuperSmartHealth
Research has identified stress as one of the leading contributors to poor health and burnout in the health sector itself. In the closing keynote of the 2013 Symposium, Dr. Friedland shares approaches for shifting from reactivity to creativity when stress arrives.
- Visit the Symposium's social media webpage to catch up with the conversation through Twitter and Facebook. Also, learn how to view photos from attendees at the event through Instagram photo sharing.
- Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell, new media manager for the Colorado Health Foundation, talked about the Symposium's social media outreach in this Health Relay blog post.
Media coverage and commentary
- Many of the Symposium speakers made their slide presentations available for download.
- Subscribe now to receive the fall 2013 edition of the Foundation's Health Elevations quarterly journal, which will take a closer look at the 2013 Symposium and how innovators are driving and adapting to change in health and health care.
The 2014 Symposium
The 2014 Colorado Health Symposium will take place July 23-25, 2014, at Keystone. For more information about the Symposium, please contact us by e-mail.