GREAT CHALLENGES

They’re complex, absorbing, frustrating and they will not surrender a solution without the kind of understanding that comes with  input from people in many disciplines from around the world. Join us in passionate conversation.

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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 TEDMED.com, on facebook, on Google+, and on Twitter (use #GreatChallenges), and through a series of live event broadcasts.

Live Events
watch a recast from
January 13 12:00 PM EST
for a discussion on
Impact of Poverty on Health

Every other week, we host a live online discussion around a particular challenge, featuring a diverse, interdisciplinary group of experts. These experts provide insights into key issues related to the topic, and answer questions from the community via Google+, Twitter (#GreatChallenges), and Facebook. The goal is to facilitate conversations that will broaden the understanding of each challenge.

We archive each discussion, so if you've missed one, you can always catch up with our past conversations here.

 

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We've curated conversations specific to our challenges so that you can see what others are saying and contribute

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Is it a delusion to think that drugs and devices can ever replace the salutary effects of good daily use of feet, and forks? Read this article and let us know your thoughts. #childhoodobesity
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Susan Davis at BRAC has "An Approach to Poverty that Works." What other approaches might be successful?
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Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation, on health care price variation and why data alone can't solve the problem. What do you think?
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Study targets pizza as cause of childhood obesity. Is it that or big-picture dietary and exercise habits? Tell us your thoughts after reading the full article here. #Childhoodobesity
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Kids who are picky eaters would rather go hungry than eat broccoli...or maybe not. Schedule recess before lunch and watch what happens. Could such a simple tweak really work? How can we encourage schools to make the change? Read the article. #Childhoodobesity
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Check out this story for a critical look into studies about how sitting is bad for our health. huff.to/1wsiYMs
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