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Karen Davis is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

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Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.

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Judith Stern, a distinguished professor of nutrition at UC Davis and a nutritionist in the agricultural experiment station, has published extensively on nutrition, the effect of exercise on appetite and metabolism, and obesity. Stern studies the effects of obesity on longevity and renal disease, dietary supplements for weight control, obesity treatment, the role of exercise and public health policy. Stern was the co-founder and vice president of the American Obesity Association, a lay advocacy group.

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Ms. Ikeda is a nutrition education specialist with the College of Natural Resources' cooperative extension. She is a nationally recognized expert on pediatric obesity and the dietary practices of ethnic and immigrant populations. She is a pioneer in conducting community collaborative research on the food habits and dietary quality of California's low-income, immigrant and ethnic populations, and has developed culturally sensitive and relevant educational programs for these groups.

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Jessie Gruman, Ph. D, is the founder and president of the Center for the Advancement of Health, a nonpartisan Washington-based policy institute funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and others. Established in 1992, the center works to translate health research into effective policy and practice. Ms.

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Gloria Flores-Garcia is cofounder and director of Nuestro Canto de Salud, a program supporting and promoting health prevention and education in San Mateo County's Latino community. The program offers training, outreach, education and case management linked to health care for San Mateo County's underserved communities. The Nuestro Canto de Salud project is run by El Concilio of San Mateo County, a nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for Latinos and increasing access to quality and appropriate health care in San Mateo County.

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Mr. Shea was appointed to this position by John J. Sweeney when Mr. Sweeney was elected President of the AFL-CIO in October 1995. Mr. Shea has held various positions at the AFL-CIO from August 1993 through October 1995, serving first as the director of the policy office with responsibility for health care and pensions, and then in several executive staff positions. Before coming to the AFL-CIO, Mr. Shea had been with the Service Employees International Union since 1972 as an organizer and local union official in Massachusetts and, later, on the staff at the national union's headquarters. Mr.

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Many would describe Dr. Harris as an "activist researcher." She focuses her efforts on combating diseases that primarily afflict people in developing nations. For example, she hopes that her research on the molecular biology of the dengue virus will eventually lead to a vaccine or antiviral therapies, while her work in dengue-endemic countries like Nicaragua will lead to better control of the mosquito that transmits dengue.

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Ellen Bass is the founding board president of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a Santa Cruz-based program that helps people of all ages learn how to stay safe, act wisely and believe in themselves. In her professional life, Ms. Bass is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books, including her most recent book of poetry, Mules of Love, which is the winner of the 2002 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.

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Ed Penhoet is a board member and former president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a grant-making organization that funds projects related to environmental conservation and science in the San Francisco Bay Area. The veteran biotech leader also serves as vice chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state's stem cell agency. Previously, Penhoet served as dean of the School of Public Health at the UC Berkeley. In 1981, he co-founded Chiron Corp. and served as its chief executive officer until 1998.

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