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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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Dr. Lester Breslow is a professor and dean emeritus of the UCLA School of Public Health. He has been professionally active in public health for 65 years, especially in chronic disease control and health promotion. His colleagues call him Mr. Public Health "mostly because he helped set the course for modern thinking about health and fitness," according to a Los Angeles Times profile.

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Jean Turner is director of Inyo County Health & Human Services. It is her job to promote personal health, community wellness and public health, assess and ensure access to appropriate health care and services, prepare for and respond to health emergencies and disasters, encourage the adoption of healthy and environmentally sound behaviors, control communicable diseases, and prevent and manage injuries and chronic disease and mitigate the associated disabilities.

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James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs all program and administrative activities of the RWJF Health Group. This includes the Foundation's work in childhood obesity, public health and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining RWJF in December 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade.

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Diana Cassady is an associate adjunct professor in the department of public health sciences at UC Davis. Her research focuses on a number of areas, including primary prevention of chronic disease, diet and physical activity, social marketing, reducing disparities in health status, and environmental and policy strategies to promote health. She received her Dr.P.H. in health education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. She also holds an M.P.H. in health education from UC Berkeley.

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