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Colorado Health Symposium arrives in Keystone Wednesday

THE 34TH ANNUAL COLORADO HEALTH SYMPOSIUM: A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON ENGAGEMENT

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 23: Engaging Behavior. Presenters will discuss the effects of increased access to health care opportunities and information in health coverage, care and lifestyle choices on individual behavioral change. This discussion will include the role of policy, economics, communications and social factors influencing that change.

Day 2 - Thursday, July 24: Engaging Relationships. Speakers will explore how technology, data and human dynamics play a role in reshaping the relationships between individuals and the health care system.

Day 3 - Friday, July 25: Engaging Communities. Presenters will share stories and tactics concerning community engagement that led to organic health care solutions.

Summit County is no stranger to “young invincibles.”

The term refers to adults between 18 and 30 who think they’re young and healthy and might not need health care or be able to afford insurance. How to engage young invincibles will be one of the discussion topics when health experts from Colorado and around the country convene at Keystone Resort this week for the 34th annual Colorado Health Symposium.

Hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation, the conference will be held at the Keystone Conference Center Wednesday, July 23, through Friday, July 25.

This year’s theme is “Health Transformed: The Power of Engagement.” About 500 participants will explore how health care is evolving in Colorado, how to improve health care access and results, and how best to engage local communities, patients, insurers and providers.

“The way health care is changing, patients and people are going to have to take a more active role,” said Jaclyn Lensen, the foundation’s communications manager.

The event, held in Keystone for at least 20 years, has become a mecca for health care policymakers, thought leaders and community advocates and often serves as a launching point for new ideas, collaborations and health-related campaigns. This week, speakers from public, private and nonprofit sectors will focus on containing rising health care costs and developing empowered decision making.

Speakers include:

• Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University

• Lygeia Ricciardi, director for the Officer of Consumer eHealth at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

• Charlie Kim, Next Jump founder and CEO

• Robin Schepper, WellTok vice president of partnerships, nonprofits and content, and former executive director of Let’s Move!

• Rachel MacCleery, Urban Land Institute senior vice president

A number of Colorado experts also will speak at the symposiums Discovery Sessions.

One session, called “ZIP Codes Trump DNA Codes,” will focus on why Americans experience dramatic differences in health depending on the ZIP code where they live and how to create healthier communities. “Learn How to Build a Better Block and Unlock Your Community’s Potential,” will feature experts from WalkDenver discussing how to make communities more walkable and bikable, and “Wired for Integration: Connecting Tech and Behavioral Health in Colorado” will focus on how to best use new technologies, like smart phones, in health care.

Though the conference is sold out, those interested can watch certain presentations online at ustream.tv/ColoradoHealthSymposium2014 and follow along on social media using the hashtag #14CHS.


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