TEDxFoggyBottom will be hosting a livestream of Session 4 of TEDMED on November 2 from 5pm-7pm in District House B207. TEDMED’s mission is to “bridge the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine.” After watching talks from 2016 and prior years, the content has only gotten more engaging. TEDMED continues to bring in speakers from around the world who lead their fields in bold, innovative ideas that have the potential to change the world around us. Without a doubt, TEDMED 2017 is an event you’ll want to keep your eyes on.

This year, it is being held in Palm Springs, California, adhering to the theme of Limitless. The goal this year is to give talks about the possibilities of the future, and the innovation that drives us toward it. The international lineup of speakers at TEDMED come from a wide range of professions, including librarians, physicians, medical rights activists, and engineers. All of them are leading in their profession with incredible visions of what the future could hold.


One of the most interesting segments of the conference is Session 4, titled Raising Health. Dr. Richard Besser helped to curate this special session bringing a number of new speakers who offer unique insights about the role of health and medicine in society, specifically concerning our children. Besser will also be hosting the segment which will feature seven speakers, all of whom will be talking about breakthroughs in their fields: places where we, as humans, are transcending yesterday’s limits on a healthy society. Each speaker tackles current public health issues in society. For instance, Chera Kowalski is transforming the form of the public library into a safe, responsive space able to help in a non-judgmental way with the opiod epidemic. After witnessing drug overdoses first hand, she receive training in overdose defense through Prevention Point Philadelphia. Now,  Kowalski works to advocate for training for other librarians and community members to learn how to administer naloxone—a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioids.

Session 4 features:

  • Jill Goldstein: how prenatal development happens differently in males’ and females’ brains.
  • Camila Ventura: how caregivers learned to diagnose and care effectively for babies with Zika.
  • Sandy Hassink: the paradoxically combined burdens of obesity and food insecurity.
  • Howard Stevenson: racial literacy in schools and neighborhoods
  • Chera Kowalski: how community resources — even public libraries — are evolving to meet the opioid crisis.
  • Heidi Allen: how access to insurance can impact our health.
  • Dan Knights: how health inequalities exacerbate the impact of immigration and new environments on the gut microbiome.

You can learn more about TEDMED and all of the presenters here!

The TEDxFoggyBottom Team