Member-led Forums (MLFs) are a volunteer-driven division of Commonwealth Club programming. These diverse and timely programs cover a wide range of topics on an ongoing basis throughout the year. They range from large events to intimate discussions with speakers, from art shows and restaurant visits to book discussion groups. MLFs are volunteer-run, organized by Club members who coordinate programs within specific areas of interest.
Health & Medicine
The Health & Medicine forum showcases experts, researchers, policy makers, and medical professionals on topics related to health and wellness, medical science, end-of-life care, public policy, and health-care management. Recent speakers have included leading medical researchers, physicians, government officials, best-selling authors, and health-care entrepreneurs.
"I am interested in building the Health and Medicine Member-Led Forum into a dynamic and active group within The Commonwealth Club. My personal interest is in two broad areas. Firstly, the art and science of well-being, particularly in terms of how to build health as a positive state of being, as well as the prevention of disease. How environment, behavior and genetic inheritance interact to produce health outcomes. Secondly, what I term the ‘near future of medicine'—trends that are just starting to transform health care and will eventually become dominant. Examples include robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), social networks and gene therapy, among others. I am the president and CEO of Health Innovation for People, Inc. (HIP) and chair The Healthy Society Project, which is bringing together committed leaders from across the spectrum of society to improve health outcomes in the United States and globally. I have a Doctorate in the history of medicine from Cambridge University, and I am on the Advisory Board of the Bioethics Master’s Program at Columbia University. I believe The Commonwealth Club is an invaluable cultural asset."
The leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. Each year, we bring nearly 500 events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to more than 25,000 members and the public, both in-person and via an extensive online and on-air listenership and viewership.
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