Great Challenges

The Great Challenges of Health and Medicine are knotty issues that cannot be fixed with a simple cure and require a deeper understanding to truly resolve. In pursuit of this understanding, we invite you to join us as we convene a multi-disciplinary community in a year-round conversation exploring the complexities of each Challenge.

Live Events

Join us as we host live broadcasts with renowned experts from health and medicine, TEDMED Speakers, members of the Great Challenges community, and TEDMED Hive entrepreneurs to explore the Great Challenges and gain new insights. Share your perspectives, ideas, and questions in real-time at #GreatChallenges.

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Track, Treat, Prevent: A Better Battle Against Communicable Diseases



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About the Program

The Great Challenges of Health and Medicine are complex, persistent problems impacting millions of lives, and affecting the well-being of all of America – beginning with patients, and extending to families and citizens everywhere. These knotty problems do not have “one-size-fits-all” solutions because they stem from broad, interlocking social, economic and psychological sources as well as from medical or scientific triggers.

The mission of TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program is not to solve these complex problems but rather to curate unbiased and broadly inclusive dialogs around these challenges, incorporating thoughtful, multi-disciplinary perspectives. TEDMED believes that when the world achieves a broad-based understanding of any given challenge, it will then be in position to take truly effective action.

The Great Challenges Program encourages everyone’s input. We all have a stake in these dialogs and we want to hear from you!

How it Works

The Great Challenges Program conducts a lively national dialogue on each of the Challenges chosen by the TEDMED community through its website and live events. Each challenge has a unique Challenge Team, consisting of multi-disciplinary leaders who bring passionate and thoughtful perspectives to each conversation. Conversations take place on, at #GreatChallenges, and through a series of live event broadcasts

Great Challenges community members are encouraged to add their unique points of view by posting comments and follow-up questions and by engaging in real-time, multi-disciplinary dialogs.

Ultimately, success of the Great Challenges Program will be defined by lively, far-reaching and meaningful discussions that lead to a deeper understanding of these challenges.