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Jo Kerner has had a rich and varied career in the dental field over the past 40 years. Trained as a dental hygienist at the University of California, Berkeley and the UCSF School of Dentistry, she practiced clinical dental hygiene for 25 years before earning a master's degree in values from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She then became an assistant clinical professor in the dental school at UCSF, followed by employment with Aetna Dental Care of California as a manager and chief operating officer of California dental plans.

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Jeanne Cain is executive vice president for policy of the California Chamber of Commerce, a position that puts her in charge of the development of public policy and strategy for the business advocacy organization. As the chamber's chief legislative advocate and specialist on health care issues, Cain helps articulate the position of business leaders inside the state legislature. The chamber plays a major role in the formation of health care policy. Cain returned to the organization in 2004 following a stint as vice president of the western region of the American Insurance Association.

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James Lange is the chairman for SDSU's Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives, or AOD Initiatives, an initiative that works with colleges to develop campus-wide programs to prevent alcohol and drug abuse. He is also an adjunct professor of social work and psychology and student health services coordinator at SDSU. Lange has been the lead researcher on a number of AOD projects and is a consultant to a wide range of AOD prevention efforts. Lange was recently selected to serve as one of five rapid-response investigators for the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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Dr. Needleman is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He was previously an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health for eight years and, for 17 year, vice president of Lewin/ICF (now The Lewin Group), a Washington, D.C. health policy research and consulting firm. He has conducted research on nurse staffing and quality of care, the health workforce, the future of public hospitals, nonprofit and for-profit health care, access to care for mental health and chronic illness.

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Glenn Melnick, Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert in health economics and finance. Professor Melnick joined the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration faculty in 1996. Previously, he served as a faculty member of the UCLA School of Public Health, a consultant at RAND, and an expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission. He has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Health Policy Reform: Competition and Controls, and Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.

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Francisco Carrillo is founder, president and chief executive officer of the SIMNSA Health Plan, a licensed California health care service plan. In 2000, SIMNSA became the first Mexican organization to attain regulatory approval in the state of California, with the issuance of its Knox-Keene license. To this day, it is the only Mexican company to be licensed as such in the United States. In 1998, Carrillo played an instrumental role in the development and passage of legislation that amended California law and created opportunities for true cross-border health plans in California.

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Don Cohon has been on the clinical faculty in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. Currently, he is director of Edgewood Center for Children and Families' Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. The Edgewood Center provides care for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, ages 5 to 14, most of whom have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or prenatal substance exposure.

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David C. Warner is the Wilbur J. Cohen Fellow in Health and Social Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He also is a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. His major teaching and research interests are in economics, health policy and health finance. He formerly taught at Wayne State University and Yale University and was deputy director of the Office of Program Analysis of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

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Dr. Alvarado is an associate adjunct professor with the UCSF-Fresno Department of Family and Community Medicine. He recently retired from California State University, Fresno. His research focused on undocumented workers in the San Joaquin Valley, Hispanic elderly residents, immigrant agricultural workers and other topics. He currently serves as a consultant in areas of health care, education and farm workers/agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. in social work.

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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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