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Carol J. Collins is an assistant agency director of the Alameda County Social Services Agency, overseeing the Children and Family Services department. She is also assistant director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Collins has spent most of her career in the department of Children and Family Services and has worked in every program area: emergency response, dependency investigation, family preservation, family maintenance, family reunification, long-term care, shelter care, independent living skills, child welfare worker, training, and adoptions.

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Dr. Bruce Chernof is president and chief executive officer of The SCAN Foundation, an agency dedicated to improving the quality of human and health care services for seniors. Previously, he was director and chief medical officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the agency responsible for protecting the health of county residents.

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Anne Schuchat is assistant U.S. surgeon-general and the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and has spent over 18 years at CDC working in immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases.

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urrently, the Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University.

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Dr. Andrew L. Ries is director of the UCSD School of Medicine's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. He serves as principal investigator and director of the UCSD Clinical Center for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial. He is also associate dean for academic affairs at UCSD's medical school. A widely recognized as a leader in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation and the care of patients with lung diseases, Ries is an experienced researcher who has studied the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in the management of patients with chronic lung diseases.

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The UCSF Primary Care Research Center focuses on issues involving access to care, primary care providers and improving health outcomes in vulnerable populations. Dr. Bindman is acting chief of the division of general internal medicine and director of the Primary Care Research Center, as well as an attending physician in the General Medical Clinic. Dr. Bindman's interests include health care access and its impact on patients' health, evaluation of health care reform and primary care workforce issues.

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Amanda Hawes is a partner in the class-action litigation firm Alexander, Hawes & Audet. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, she was awarded a Juris Doctorate by Harvard Law School in 1968. A pioneer in toxic chemical litigation and the medical effects of toxic chemicals, Ms. Hawes has taught environmental justice and toxic torts at Golden Gate University School of Law, Santa Clara Law School and the University of California's Hastings College of Law, where she was a faculty member from 1975 to 1988.

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Alina Salganicoff, Ph.D., is Vice President and Director of Women's Health Policy and KaiserEDU.org for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Her work focuses on health policy issues of importance to women, with an emphasis on health care financing, coverage, and access to care for underserved women. She also directs the Foundation's KaiserEDU.org project, an online educational resource for students and faculty in health policy. Before directing the Foundation's work in women's health policy, Dr. Salganicoff as an Associate Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Dr.

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Dr. Alice Huan-mei Chen is director of the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. With a primary interest in how poverty, cultural differences and policy intersect to create barriers to care, Chen focuses on improving access to quality health care for health consumers with limited English skills.

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Adela de la Torre, director and professor of the Chicana/o Studies Program, studies health care access and finance issues that affect the Latino community as well as border health issues. From 1996 to 2002, De la Torre was director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona, where she developed and directed the Border Academy, a summer institute that explored issues unique to the U.S.-Mexico border. An economist, De la Torre is the author of "Sana, Sana: Mexican Americans and Health" and "Moving from the Margins: A Chicana's View of Public Policy."

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