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Dr. Stephanie Brodine is a professor and head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with active research interests and expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology (particularly HIV and AIDS), international health, and health disparities. She is the clinical director of the U.S. Department of Defense's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, which has HIV prevention and care activities in approximately 70 countries.

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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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Richard M. Gersberg is head of the division of environmental health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. He is also director of the Coastal and Marine Institute at SDSU and principal investigator of SDSU's California Distance Learning Health Network, an organization that uses the latest in technology to provide continuing education to professional health workers. Gersberg specializes in water quality research and limnology, and has broad experience working with both chemical and microbiological pollutants and risk assessments. He has over 50 scientific publications in these areas.

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Mirka J. Negroni currently serves as an HIV policy advisor for the Futures Group. Previously, she was a resident advisor for the Futures Group's Policy Project Mexico, where she oversaw cross-border and private-sector HIV/AIDS prevention programs and promoted policies to reduce stigma and discrimination. She has also served as an associate researcher at the National Institute for Public Health, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Ms. Negroni has co-authored various articles and chapters on qualitative research on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Central America.

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Lawrence E. Kline is 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. Kline is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. After serving as director of intensive care and assistant chief of medicine for the U.S. Public Health Service in New York, he joined Scripps Clinic Medical Group in 1978.

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Kenneth Brown's research program focuses on the causes, complications, treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition in low-income countries. A physician as well as a nutrition expert, Dr. Brown previously directed the UC Davis Program in International Nutrition. He can talk about issues of child feeding (breast feeding and complementary feeding), relationships between infection and nutrition, and specific nutrient deficiencies. He is conducting research in those subjects in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Juana Flores is co-director of programs for Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a Bay Area grassroots organization that helps Latina immigrants discover their own strength, overcome discrimination and domestic violence, and develop skills as community leaders. As an immigrant from Mexico, Ms. Flores began participating in Mujeres Unidas in 1991, first as a member and then as staff. As co-director, Ms. Flores is responsible for planning and implementing all of Mujeres Unidas' programs with a specific focus on community organizing and its new peer counseling program.

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Jim Arriola is president and CEO of Sekure Healthcare, a health care service company primarily focused on providing affordable health care to California's uninsured workforce. As cofounder of the company, Arriola established the business plan, helped attract capital investment and solidified key strategic relationships on both sides of the border. Sekure Healthcare offers employer-sponsored health benefit plans throughout California as well as plans that extend access to more than 140 cities in Mexico. Arriola has more than 20 years of management and business experience.

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Francisco Carrillo is founder, president and chief executive officer of the SIMNSA Health Plan, a licensed California health care service plan. In 2000, SIMNSA became the first Mexican organization to attain regulatory approval in the state of California, with the issuance of its Knox-Keene license. To this day, it is the only Mexican company to be licensed as such in the United States. In 1998, Carrillo played an instrumental role in the development and passage of legislation that amended California law and created opportunities for true cross-border health plans in California.

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Elena Esparza, D.C., is a chiropractor and activist. Born in the late '60's in East Los Angeles, Dr. Esparza was encouraged to play in the green sanctuary of her childhood, hill-top home and dig in her grandmother's garden, where she found a language in her green world. \"My first memory of healing and natural remedies was at six years of age, and I have continued living among the plants and natural world all of my life,\" she says. \"I have had the privilege of living, visiting and studying in may countries, therefore my influences are varied and many.

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