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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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Here's more coverage of the California budget cuts and their impact on health care, along with some new ideas for stories.

The general media consensus is that the state's Republicans won big in forcing major cuts in health and welfare programs, while Democrats are spinning their victory in saving the CalWORKS welfare program and the popular Healthy Families children's health insurance program from being eliminated outright.

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Dr. Washington Burns is executive director of Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, a nonprofit center for community services, education, culture and development in West Oakland. The corporation was organized in 1995 in the Prescott district, an economically deprived and undeveloped community in West Oakland. It evolved out of the conceptual scheme for the adaptive re-use of the former Saint Joseph's Convent. The center offers an immunization and preventive health clinic as well as a senior wellness program.

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Dr. Thomas Cole is the public health officer for Madera County. His state-appointed job puts him in close contact with the the Madera County Public Health Department. The department's programs include AIDS, bioterrorism preparedness, child health and disability prevention, communicable disease control, breast cancer screening and child immunization.

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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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Dr. Luciw studies transcriptional regulation of retroviruses, how viruses cause disease in animal models of AIDS, and genetic immunization for viral diseases.

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Dr. Myers is the former Director for the Department of Health and Human Service's National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and has an appointment at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) as the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development's (SCVD) Associate Director for Public Health Policy and Education. Vaccine policy issues that Dr. Myers and the SCVD address are assessing the safety and benefits of new and experimental vaccines and barriers that keep people from getting the vaccines they need.

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Dr. Laurene Mascola is chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACD) unit for the Los Angeles County Department of Health's Public Health Programs & Services, which performs disease surveillance and epidemic control activities for more than 60 diseases. Mascola oversees the County's programs for immunization, food and water safety epidemiology, vectorborne (insect) disease, hospital outbreaks and bloodborne diseases. Mascola has extensive experience in epidemiology and disease prevention, publishing more than 100 articles and abstracts in numerous medical and public health journals.

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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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