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Yolanda Vera oversees health care, public health and mental health issues for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

She is the former director of LA Health Action, an organization that seeks to expand access to health coverage and care to all Los Angeles County residents through policy and advocacy, coalition-building, linking of existing resources and grant-making to local, community-based organizations. LA Health Action is funded by The California Endowment and is run out of this grant-making foundation's headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., is principal investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training, a joint project of the National Cancer Institute and UC Davis aimed at reducing the risk of cancer among Asians through research, community prevention efforts and training. Professor Chen also serves as associate director for disparities and research at UC Davis Cancer Center. Before joining the UC Davis faculty, he served as chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion at the School of Public Health at Ohio State University.

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Dr. DeVita is an internist and critical care physician in the Departments of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He has directed the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Rapid Treatment Service at UPMC-Presbyterian, and is Associate Director of Critical Care Education. He was appointed Chair of the UPMC Ethics Committee in 1992 and Co-Medical Director of Respiratory Care in 1995. In 1996 he became Co-chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee. Dr.

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Maria Morfin is the acting administrator for the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services Division. She has over 25 years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health fields. She has been with Sacramento County for nine years; before that, she worked in a variety of community-based organizations, in Napa and Solano counties, and for the state Department of Health Services.

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Margaret Gordon is co-director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (EIP) and co-coordinator of the Bay Area Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative. Gordon won the 2004 East Bay Community Foundation's first-ever Power of Effective Giving Award. She was recognized for her volunteer work on behalf of the West Oakland EIP and her work on environmental and health issues in West Oakland. She works for the Oakland-based environmental nonprofit Pacific Institute.

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Ellen Wu is executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an Oakland-based organization working to improve access to health care and eliminate health disparities by advocating for public policies and resources to address the health needs of communities of color. Wu has worked with culturally diverse, low-income and uninsured people for over 10 years.


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