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A gravel pit near area homes has received a renewal of its permit although residents weren't given notice of the hearing.

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Winnie O. Willis is a California Endowment board member and professor emeritus of public health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health, with a specialization in maternal and child health services, development and evaluation. From 1994 to 2000, she was director of SDSU's Institute for Public Health, an organization working to bridge the gap between academics and practice in the public health arena. Prior to joining the GSPH faculty in 1984, she was an assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Dr. Kate Bundorf is a health economist interested in health care financing and delivery. Her research focuses on health insurance markets and examining the factors affecting both individual and purchaser decision-making. She also has studied the impact of insurance on health care cost, quality and outcomes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her M.B.A. and M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jeanne Bernhard Nichols is a professor of exercise and nutritional sciences at SDSU. Her research interests are in exercise, bone mineral density (BMD) and aging, bone health of master athletes, and falls prevention programs for older adults, with an emphasis on balance, strength and functional exercise training. She received her B.S. from Northeastern University in 1969, her M.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1981 and her Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Michigan in 1985.

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Erika Franklin Fowler, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University.  She previously was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. Professor Fowler specializes in political communication, especially broadcast news and campaign advertising, and her work on local television has been published in communication, law/policy, and medical journals. Professor Fowler earned her Ph.D.

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Dr. America Bracho is the founder, president and CEO of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention in Santa Ana, Calif. This center was created under her leadership to assist with the multiple health needs of Latinos in Orange County. Latino Health Access encourages empowerment for the Latino community and uses participatory approaches to community health education. The programs train community health workers as leaders of wellness and change. Dr. Bracho worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years. She came to the U.S.

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Alexander Tsodikov is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. He studies survival analysis, estimation of cure rates, computational methods in statistics, semiparametric models, frailty models, modeling and analysis of cancer, design of optimal surveillance schedules, cancer screening, modeling incidence and mortality trends. His collaborative research includes clinical trials, antisense oligonucleotides, population-based and clinical studies of prostate cancer, and analysis of cancer registry data for breast cancer. Tsodikov received his Ph.D.

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This story is Part 13 of a 15-part series that examines health care needs in Gary, Ind.

The health of a city’s residents is inextricably linked to its economic vitality, according to historians, and the business and political leaders of Gary.

They said the high rates of chronic disease and infant mortality plaguing Gary did not occur in a vacuum, but resulted from 40 years of urban decline, generations of poverty and high unemployment, a lack of access to health care providers, poor lifestyle choices, historic racism and an evolution in American manufacturing that collectively have decimated industrial urban America.

 

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