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Janice Frates is an associate professor of health care administration at Cal State Long Beach. She has taught health policy, management and marketing in the Health Care Administration Program at Cal State Long Beach since 1997.

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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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Dr. Herman A. Taylor Jr. is director and principal investigator of the Jackson Heart Study, the largest-ever, population-based study of heart disease and related disorders among African-Americans. In his capacity as director of the Mississippi-based study since 1998, he holds appointments at Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also holds the medical center's Aaron Shirley Chair for the Study of Health Disparities.

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Hellan R. Dowden is founder and CEO of HR Dowden & Associates, a consulting group that represents clients with interests in health, education, social services, children, work force investment and training, technology and the public sect. She also co-manages Teachers for Healthy Kids, a collaboration of the California Teachers Association and the California Association of Health Plans, funded by The California Endowment to enroll kids in health care through schools. She represents county-organized health systems in Yolo, Napa, Solano, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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Ms. Gayle Tang is a senior director of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She has served as director of national linguistic & cultural programs, is a diversity champion and leader in the improvement of language access throughout Kaiser Permanente and the community. Ms. Tang has led multiple strategic initiatives and created service delivery systems that have supported the provision of culturally and linguistically competent care to patients and their diverse communities. Ms.

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Dr. Francesca M. Gany is the founder and director of the Center for Immigrant Health, a network of more than 1,000 community members, social scientists, health care and public health professionals. Gany, a faculty member of the New York University School of Medicine, has extensive background in immigrant health research and policy development. She teaches primary care and immigrant health, along with health policy and medical economics.

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Fernando Sanudo is director of Vista Community Clinic's Health Promotion Center. Vista Community Clinic is a private, nonprofit health care center founded in 1972 to serve people who experience social, cultural or economic barriers to health care. Sanudo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from UC San Diego and a master's degree in public health from San Diego State University. Sanudo has been with the clinic since 1988.

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Dr. Elena Volpi is an professor of geriatric medicine and holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also is director of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at the Sealy Center on Aging. Volpi is an endocrinologist, a gerontologist and an expert in human metabolism. Her research on muscle metabolism in aging dates back to 1996.

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In 2006, while on a walk in the mountains - with Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber - Ed had an epiphany that forever changed his life. He realized that climate change is the ultimate threat to the public's health and wellbeing, worldwide, and Ed responded by refocusing his work entirely on climate change prevention and adaptation.

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E. Richard Brown, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. Professor Brown has studied and written extensively on disadvantaged populations' access to health care. His studies of health insurance coverage, the uninsured and eligibility for public programs have been used by California's governors, legislators and advocates in crafting health insurance legislation and programs.

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