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Dr. Robert K. Ross is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a $3.7 billion, private grant-making foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Ross served as director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator.

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Dr. R. Jeffrey Chang is a professor of reproductive medicine and director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the UCSD School of Medicine. A reproductive endocrinologist with wide-ranging expertise in infertility issues and treatments as well as endocrine abnormalities, Chang has served as president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and as chair of the National Institutes of Health Reproductive Biology Study Section.

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Mr. Kimble has taught in the psychology department at CSU Fresno for over 30 years and has specialized in psychology of physical disabilities for over 20 years. In the 1960s and 70s, he was the director of the Commission on Aging in Fresno County, coordinating establishment of over 30 programs. He also served as director of the Friendship Center for the Blind for 23 years and is active in the Fresno Human Services Coalition, composed of over 50 nonprofits.

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Palmer W. Taylor is founding dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD. A nationally recognized leader in pharmacology research, Taylor was instrumental in creating the new school -- which opened in 2002 -- and in pointing out to state leaders the nationwide shortage of pharmacists, as well as the need for a pharmacy school that would take a leadership role in the post-genomic era of drug development and patient counseling regarding specialized medications tailored to individual needs.

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Dr. Myers is the former Director for the Department of Health and Human Service's National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and has an appointment at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) as the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development's (SCVD) Associate Director for Public Health Policy and Education. Vaccine policy issues that Dr. Myers and the SCVD address are assessing the safety and benefits of new and experimental vaccines and barriers that keep people from getting the vaccines they need.

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Dr. Martin Fenstersheib is the health officer for Santa Clara County. In this state-appointed role, Fenstersheib works closely with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, part of the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Fenstersheib began working for Santa Clara County in 1984 and has served as its health officer and public health medical director since 1994. He is board-certified in pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine.

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Loel S. Solomon is Kaiser Permanente's vice president for community health. Previously, he served as national director of community health initiatives and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefits Program, a philanthropic venture that sought to improve the health of communities through partnerships, education, sharing clinical expertise, research, grants and services to vulnerable populations.

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Linda Civitello, president and CEO of Breathe California, a Daly City-based organization working to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services. As president and CEO, Civitello utilizes her extensive experience in community service, urban planning and government affairs.

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Larry Levitt is vice president for special projects at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Previously, he was the organization's vice president for communications and online information and editor in chief of KaiserNetwork.org, the Foundation's online health policy news and information service. He previously served as director of the Foundation's Changing Health Care Marketplace Project. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Levitt was a senior manager with the Lewin Group, where he advised public and private sector clients on health policy and financing issues.

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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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