Tackling Health's Great Challenges at TEDMED

Apr 10, 2012, 6:14 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

The TEDMED conference kicks off today, bringing together leaders from a wide array of medical, health innovation and other disciplines to explore the future of health and medicine. TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will explore the most intractable and most complex health challenges facing the world today. The Challenges chosen range from childhood obesity to Alzheimer’s, from stress to superbugs, and are deeply rooted problems in health and medicine with multiple, interconnected causes and pathways to solutions.

Public health-focused challenges on the docket include “making prevention popular and profitable,” “the impact of poverty on health,” “reducing school violence and bullying,” and “promoting active lifestyles” by building neighborhoods that make physical activity easier.

TEDMED has now identified a set of 50 Great Challenges that it is presenting to the TEDMED community, where attendees and others following the conference will vote to narrow the list to the most pressing 20. The program is designed to be a catalyst for dialogue and discussion to promote new ideas and new thinking.

Here's how you can join the conversation on the Great Challenges:

  • If you’re at TEDMED, stop by the RWJF social space during the conference’s Social Breaks on Wednesday and Thursday (check the program for specific times for each Challenge).
  • Download the app, TEDMED Connect (free download available in the iTunes and Android app store, and can be viewed as a mobile website).
  • E-mail GCAdvocates@TEDMED.com with your thoughts and ideas.
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TEDMEDchallenges

Find out more about how you can take part in the conversation.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.