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When Redskins tight end Chris Cooley swung by Orr Elementary School in Anacostia last Thursday, he explained to the 100 kids circled around him that he'd already exercised that day. "So hopefully I can keep up with you," he said. Fat chance of that.

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A conference on health disparities for an audience of journalists is bound to produce lots of story ideas, and the one under way in Washington, organized by the National Association of Black Journalists, is no exception.

Here are some ideas for stories that have emerged from two days (so far) of discussions:

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the Port of Los Angeles, belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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Yolanda Partida brings 25 years of experience in public and private health administration as national program director for Hablamos Juntos, an initiative that examines language barriers to health care for Latinos. She has worked with and on behalf of many different groups of underserved populations, including the uninsured, the U.S.-Mexico border population, and other ethnic communities.

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Olivia Fe is founder and executive director of the Latina Breast Cancer Agency, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization offering services and support for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer. The dynamic, community-based organization works to address the unique breast health needs of Latinas. The women served by LBCA are primarily Latinas who are monolingual, Spanish-speaking, underinsured and underserved.

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Mary Anne Foo is founder and executive director of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, a nonprofit community-based organization helping the Asian and Pacific Islander communities with health, policy, youth, education and community and economic development needs. Foo has spent the past 20 years working with the Southern California Asian and Pacific Islander community. She serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and has been a national trainer for Asian Pacific Islander tobacco control, cancer prevention, cultural competency and women's health care issues.

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Dr. Davida Coady is founder, medical director and former executive director of Options Recovery Services, a program for substance abuse treatment that came out of the Berkeley court system. Options Recovery Services provides free comprehensive addiction treatment to court-ordered clients (covered by Proposition 36 since 2001) and outpatient clients who are also homeless, indigent and dually diagnosed.

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