health care en A Conversation with the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius <p><strong>Spotlight: Health Closing Session – A Conversation with the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius</strong></p><p>Kathleen Sebelius was the 21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. She served from 2009-2014. &nbsp;Sebelius resigned her post as President Obama’s head of HHS in April 2014. She was the key person involved in implementing health care reforms under the “Affordable Care Act” aka “Obamacare”. Sebelius had previously served as Governor of Kansas (2003-2009).</p><p>Kathleen Sebelius, Walter Isaacson</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20704 at A Conversation with the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius How Can We Die With Dignity? <p><strong>How Can We Die With Dignity?</strong></p><p>The hospice movement and other cultural and system-wide innovations in palliative care have been welcome strategies for easing the dying experience, but many people still do not have their final wishes respected. If we are to guide patients and families through life’s final stage with dignity, we need to have wiser conversations, better services, and a clearer ethical framework. What is it like to be present with people as they approach death? What roles can the young and the healthy play? What investments do we need to make to smooth the passage away from the living?</p><p>Arthur Leonard Caplan, Ai-jen Poo, Akaya Windwood, Ray Suarez</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:14:00 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20662 at How Can We Die With Dignity? Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation? <p><strong>Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation?</strong></p><p>There's much more to health politics than the Affordable Care Act. Along with remarkable new advances in medicine by 2024, we will see Baby Boomers swamping the health care system, more veterans needing services, and the impact of climate change becoming ever more apparent. Leaders from both political parties in both houses of Congress should be shaping the vision, negotiating the legislation and committing the funding to improve the nation’s health. What can Congress do to promote better health for more Americans? How can our elected officials reach consensus?</p><p>William Frist, Thomas Daschle, Julie Rovner, Mickey Edwards</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20640 at Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation? Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now <p><strong>Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now</strong></p><p>Personalized medicine is upending hierarchies with consumer products like Scanadu, designed to track physiological signals, and, which provides raw genetic data. Meanwhile, our exploding knowledge means treatments can increasingly be custom-tailored — the genetic characteristics of a tumor can predict the most effective drug to fight it; a medical image can reveal which artery-opening device will be most effective for a particular individual. How does personalized medicine change the way medicine is practiced? Is it possible to know too much? Does the US need a new regulatory framework for this unprecedented era? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20614 at Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now Women’s Health: The Unfinished Revolution <p><strong>Women’s Health: The Unfinished Revolution</strong></p><p>The phrase “women’s health” slips off the tongues of clinicians, public health experts, community advocates and legislators with ease, but the ideological battles of the past three decades have clouded this once-useful term. Reproductive health services and access to family planning promote health and combat poverty, but they do not represent the sum of women’s health needs or rights. Women also differ from men in how they develop, age, and respond to treatment, yet the science of their unique characteristics is alarmingly incomplete. What is “women’s health” really about, and how we do re-imagine its future?</p><p>Jane Otai, Sisonke Msimang, Courtney E. Martin, Betty King</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:54:12 +0000 Rob St. Mary 20574 at Women’s Health: The Unfinished Revolution