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Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.

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Judith Dolan is executive director of the Anderson Valley Health Center, a nonprofit primary care health clinic offering a broad range of services to children, teens, adults and seniors in the Anderson Valley. The AVHC was the inspiration of a group of Anderson Valley residents who saw the need for health care in the valley. With community support, the current health center building became a reality a few years later.

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John Kim is the managing director of The Advancement Project LA, a civil rights and policy "action tank," and the director of its Healthy City Project, an all-in-one service referral and public policy research website. Healthy City has been acclaimed as a national model for data-driven policy planning resources. Through his work on Healthy City, Mr. Kim has provided direct policy and research support to local elected officials, philanthropic entities, and community-based organizations throughout the region. Mr.

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John Eller is executive director of San Francisco ACORN, or Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families working together for social justice and stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 175,000 member families in 75 cities. ACORN campaigns for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, community reinvestment, voter participation and environmental justice.

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John Golenski is executive director of the George Mark Children's House, a children's respite and end-of-life care facility in San Leandro, Calif., for children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. All care is informed by the principles of palliative care. Additional support services are available to all family members, and services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. Golenski joined the George Mark Children's House after a long career in clinical services, health care ethics and health policy. From 1978 to 1979, he was executive director of the Shanti Project.

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Jim Connell is executive director of Poverello House, a private, nonprofit, nondenominational organization serving the hungry, the homeless and the destitute in Fresno. Poverello House serves three meals a day, 365 days a year, to anyone in need. It also offers free medical and dental care through the Holy Cross Clinic, provides showers and laundry services, serves as a day shelter and safe haven for people on the streets, houses a 28-bed residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation program and a five-bed transitional home, and offers temporary overnight shelter.

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Jerry Cadotte is executive director of Sierra HOPE (Health Opportunities, Programs and Education), an outreach program serving HIV/AIDS and hepatitis patients in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Formerly known as Sierra Health Resources, Sierra HOPE was founded in 1990 in Sonora, Calif., by concerned citizens, including health professionals and family members of people living with AIDS. Sierra HOPE's prevention education programs address the full range of sexually transmitted diseases as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

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James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches Health Information Privacy Law and Policy, Public Health and the Law, and Bioethics and the Law. In addition to his primary faculty appointment at JHSPH, Professor Hodge is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he lectures in public health law, bioethics, international human rights, and health law and policy.

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James A. Crouch is executive director of the California Rural Indian Health Board. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation and overseas a multi-funded tribal organization providing direct health care services, technical assistance and advocacy to more than 45 tribes in California. Crouch received a bachelor's degree from the School of International Services at American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a master's in public health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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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