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Dr. Beate Ritz is a professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health at the UCLA School of Public Health, and in the department of neurology at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Ritz is also a member of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the NIEHS-UCLA-USC Environmental Health Science Center, and a participant in the UCLA EPA-Particle Center effort. She is the co-director of the NIEHS-funded UCLA Center for Gene-Environment Studies in Parkinson's Disease.

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Dr. Anthony Iton was named the senior vice president for health communities at The California Endowment in August 2009. Iton oversees the endowment's 10-year, Building Healthy Communities California Living 2.0 initiative. Prior to joining the endowment, Iton served as director of and health officer for the Alameda County Department of Public Health. He had a state-mandated responsibility to protect the county's health and had authority over all medical care and public health for the county. Previously, Iton was director of health and social services for the city of Stamford, Conn.

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Angie Wei is legislative director of the California Labor Federation, the state's AFL-CIO. The federation, which is a major player in California's health care scene, represents 1,200 affiliated unions and more than 2 million workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. Wei is also a member of the California State Senate's Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. Her term expires in 2008.

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Dr. Alice Huan-mei Chen is director of the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. With a primary interest in how poverty, cultural differences and policy intersect to create barriers to care, Chen focuses on improving access to quality health care for health consumers with limited English skills.

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Dr. Alan Garber is the founding director of both the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University, where he is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor; a professor of medicine; and professor, by courtesy, of economics and of health research and policy. His research focuses on methods for improving health care delivery and financing, particularly for the elderly, in settings of limited resources.

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In 2002, health care costs, particularly for cancer treatments, were soaring for seniors in some Medicare HMOs. After negative publicity about one HMO's drastic increase in chemotherapy copayments, the HMO agreed to reduce the cost to make it more affordable for patients.

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