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Winnie O. Willis is a California Endowment board member and professor emeritus of public health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health, with a specialization in maternal and child health services, development and evaluation. From 1994 to 2000, she was director of SDSU's Institute for Public Health, an organization working to bridge the gap between academics and practice in the public health arena. Prior to joining the GSPH faculty in 1984, she was an assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Dr. Wei Yu is a professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics School of Public Economics and Administration. He also serves as director for the school's Center for Health Policy and Administration. Wei also is a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University. He is a former health economist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  He conducts economic analysis in healthcare studies for national VA healthcare research programs.

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Dr. Thomas R. Moore is chair of reproductive medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and director of the school's maternal-fetal medicine fellowship training program. Moore is an expert on fetal diseases and high-risk and problem pregnancies. Moore's research focus is the biology of mother and fetus, and his research of amniotic fluid regulation is widely cited. His clinical specialties include all aspects of maternal-fetal medicine, especially fetal movement, diabetes and pregnancy, amniotic fluid volume and fetal diagnosis.

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Teresa DeAnda is a Central Valley air quality advocate whose work on pesticide hazards grew out of her personal experiences in Earlimart, an agricultural town located south of Fresno and north of Bakersfield along Freeway 99. The Earlimart native is the mother of seven children, ages 7 through 27, and the grandmother of five. She became aware of the redundant use of pesticides during the 1990s when airborne pesticides drifted into her neighborhood. Her complaints to authorities went nowhere, she said.

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Terry Gock, Ph.D., M.P.A., is director of Pacific Clinics' Asian Pacific Family Center, which serves the Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations in the San Gabriel Valley through programs in mental health, substance abuse prevention, child abuse prevention, gang and violence prevention. Mr. Gock is also an organizational consultant and a program proposal reviewer in private practice for various nonprofit and government organizations, as well as a clinical and forensic psychologist.

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Dr. Susan Fernyak is deputy health officer for San Francisco and director of the Department of Public Health's Communicable Disease Control and Prevention section. Her section is responsible for epidemiology, surveillance and disease control, immunization programs and bioterrorism preparedness and response. As director, she has managed San Francisco's smallpox vaccination program and the city and county's response to SARS.

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Susan D. Harrington is director of the Riverside County Department of Public Health, the agency responsible for protecting the health of county residents. The department's programs include bioterrorism preparedness, disease control, an HIV/AIDS program and a quality of life program.

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Shame and the stigma about seeking help for mental problems may be one reason that elderly Asian women have the highest incidence of suicide in the nation among women over 65. Stanley Sue, professor of psychology and Asian-American studies, says Asian Americans overall tend not to use mental health services. To change that, Sue says what is needed are bilingual/bicultural therapists and service providers as well as better community education.

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Gay youth are at risk for the most difficult challenges in the lives of youth today -- suicide, victimization and substance abuse. Dr. Stephen Russell, a professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, is studying why gay youth are at risk. His research focuses on understanding the school, family and friendships of gay youth to better understand why some are at risk and why many are not. As of 2010, he was the president-elect of the Society for Research on Adolescents.

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Dr. Stephanie Brodine is a professor and head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with active research interests and expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology (particularly HIV and AIDS), international health, and health disparities. She is the clinical director of the U.S. Department of Defense's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, which has HIV prevention and care activities in approximately 70 countries.

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