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Speranza Avram is a longtime leader in the field of rural health and technology. Since March, 2010, she has served as executive director of the Northern California Regional Extension Center, which provides provide technical assistance to physicians and other providers in their transition to electronic health records.  She previously served as associate executive of the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health.

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Dr. Rosemarie M. Johnson is the board secretary for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. She was a commissioner for the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, a binational organization working to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Johnson is a practicing anesthesiologist and a visiting associate clinical professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine's anesthesiology department. She has worked for the Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.

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Harold Goldstein is executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established jointly by the Northern and Southern California public health associations to raise awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote effective health policies. Goldstein is a nationally recognized leader in the growing movement to address the epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes by advocating for state and local policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

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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. 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.



The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!


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