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Dr. Richard J. Jackson is a professor and the chairman of environmental health sciences at UCLA's School of Public Health. Previously, he was an adjunct professor of environmental health services at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He also served as state public health officer for the California Department of Health Services. His responsibilities included direct leadership and oversight of the department's public health-related activities.

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Dr. Randall Stafford is an associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a fellow at CHP/PCOR. He is an epidemiologist, health services researcher and primary-care internist. His research focuses on improving chronic disease prevention, and exploring the mechanisms by which physicians adopt new prevention practices.

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Gregory Evans is founder and director of the Institute for Bio-Security at the St. Louis University School of Public Health. The institute is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health preparedness. Evans is a professor of environmental health and has over 20 years of experience in environmental epidemiology. He has authored over 60 publications, made numerous national presentations, and consults nationally on civilian biodefense issues.

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Dr. Michael A. Rodríguez is a Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and Director of the UCLA/Drew Center of Excellence Summer Research Program.. An advocate for the underserved, Dr. Rodriguez has significant expertise in the principles of community based participatory research and the development of initiatives focused on improving the health and health care of individuals, families and communities.

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John P. Pierce is associate director of cancer prevention and control at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center. An award-winning researcher, Pierce defined U.S. smoking trends in a 1989 series of papers in the Journal of the American Medical Association, forming the basis for the year 2000 goals for the nation for tobacco. He is recognized for evaluating the effectiveness of the California Tobacco Control Program, for linking tobacco advertising to adolescent smoking, and for using telephone counseling methodology to help smokers quit.

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Dr. America Bracho is the founder, president and CEO of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention in Santa Ana, Calif. This center was created under her leadership to assist with the multiple health needs of Latinos in Orange County. Latino Health Access encourages empowerment for the Latino community and uses participatory approaches to community health education. The programs train community health workers as leaders of wellness and change. Dr. Bracho worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years. She came to the U.S.

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The development of a cocktail of powerful antiretroviral drugs has transformed what was once an all-but-certain killer into a chronic illness that can be managed (at least for those who have access to treatment). In the United States, annual deaths have fallen from a peak of nearly 51,000 in 1995 to more than 14,100 in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there is still no cure or effective vaccine for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes it.

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