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Over the past 24 years, Mr. Changvang Her has been involved in the Hmong community as a healthcare interpreter, cultural broker and director of several programs for the Merced-based nonprofit Healthy House. Mr. Her currently directs language service projects and its \"Partners in Healing Project,\" which works to create more understanding between physicians and Hmong shamans in the Central Valley. Mr. Her facilitates home visits that allow Western doctors to observe traditional ceremonies, and he shares information about shaman tools, altars and the cultural meanings of traditional practices.

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Benjamin Cuellar is a professor and former dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno. He oversees a professional school that offers education in specialized disciplines related to health and human services. The school is involved in a number of projects aimed at strengthening the health care safety net in the Central Valley through education, including support for health advocacy and environmental health training.

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