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Dr. Roberta G. Williams is a specialist in pediatric cardiology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Previously, she was the chair of pediatrics at the Keck school and vice president of pediatrics and academic affairs at Childrens Hospital. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care service at Boston Children's Hospital.

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The Rev. Monsignor Gregory A. Cox is executive director of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, one of the largest social service providers in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1919. In more than 50 offices and community centers, the agency rendered over 1 million services each year. Clients come for emergency food and shelter, low-cost before- and after-school childcare, immigration and refugee assistance, psychological services, computer and jobs skills training, and other supportive services.

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Paul T. Giboney, M.D., is associate medical director of Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, a non-profit community health center in Los Angeles that serves about 50,000 patients a year, most of them uninsured or underinsured. Dr. Giboney has been involved in inner city medicine for 14 years and has worked at Clinica Romero for six years. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Giboney has been extensively involved with several quality improvement efforts at Clinica Romero and in collaborative work with community and public partners. Dr.

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Patrice Esseff is a regional coordinator for Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, one of the largest social service providers in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1919. Clients come for emergency food and shelter, low-cost before-and-after-school childcare, immigration and refugee assistance, psychological services, computer and jobs skills training, and other supportive services. All services are available regardless of a client's race, ethnicity, income, gender or religious belief. Esseff coordinates with St.

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Orlando Ward is director of program services for The Midnight Mission. Previously, he had served as the organization's public affairs director. Ward was appointed to Los Angeles' Affordable Housing Commission by then-Mayor James K. Hahn, and serves as the chairman of the Center City Redevelopment Project's Project Area Committee. He is the vice-chairman of the Central City Association's Public Health and Safety Committee and is active in a number of community-based organizations, including the Central City Task Force on Homeless Issues, the Downtown L.A.

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Natalia M. Molina is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at UCSD. She is interested in how social and cultural values shape human understandings of issues related to disease and health, especially in regards to how they intersect with race and gender. Specifically, she researches the institution of public health and demonstrates how through its programs, discourse, and production of knowledge, public health officials in Los Angeles at the turn of the last century imbued meaning into the categories Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Michael R. Cousineau is a associate professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Cousineau's work focuses on policy issues that impact access to primary care, health care financing, and health insurance coverage. He has conducted many funded research projects, most recently "The effects of privatization on health services for the poor in Los Angeles," funded by the Randolph and Doris Haynes Foundation. He is currently funded by The California Endowment to evaluate health programs for the poor.

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Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and Department of Asian American Studies. Her clinical work and research have been in oncology, focusing upon the disparities in physical and mental health care outcomes of ethnic minority populations with cancer -- primarily with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

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Lucien Wulsin is an attorney in Los Angeles specializing in health law and health policy. He is director of the Santa Monica-based Insure the Uninsured Project, where he is working on approaches to expand coverage for uninsured working Californians under grants from The California Wellness Foundation, The Blue Shield of California Foundation and The California Endowment.

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Lisa Girion joined the Los Angeles bureau of Reuters as a correspondent in January after 16 years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as an investigative reporter assigned to the Metro desk, where she produced major multimedia stories on the intersection of government, commerce, health and welf

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