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Dr. Lawrence Friedman is the director of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. He has been a board-certified internist and has been chief of the division of adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Diego since 1994. Friedman completed his residency and fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston. He remained in Boston as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, practicing internal and adolescent medicine, until moving to San Diego in 1994.

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Dr. Homer G. Chin is a clinical professor and vice chair of reproductive medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. Chin provides comprehensive care to obstetric and gynecological patients with a wide range of needs, ranging from preventative health care to common problems such as abnormal Pap smears, benign surgery, fibroid uterus, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, contraceptive counseling, hormone replacement and gynecological infections.

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Chris Van Gorder is president and CEO of Scripps Health, a nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system with five acute-care hospitals, Scripps Clinic, an ambulatory care network, more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, and a staff of 10,000. Van Gorder is board-certified in healthcare management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also is a member of the California Hospital Association board of directors and immediate past chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Carmen Burgos is program manager for the Kern Health Consumer Center (KHCC), a service agency that helps low-income residents of Kern County navigate the health care system. KHCC is a project of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, a nonprofit organization offering free legal services in civil matters to low-income residents of Kern County. KHCC is a part of the Health Consumer Alliance, a united effort of nine legal services agencies to address the health access problems of California consumers, particuarly low-income consumers.

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C. Duane Dauner is president of the California Hospital Association, the statewide leader representing the interests of hospitals, health systems and other health care providers in California. CHA includes nearly 500 hospital and health system members and more than 200 associate members.

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Dr. Bonnie Bade is a medical anthropologist whose work focuses on farm worker health, health care, California agriculture and farm labor, transnational migration, and ethnomedicine and ethnobotany among peoples of both indigenous Oaxaca and indigenous Southern California. Dr. Bade has worked with Mixtec communities in California, the San Diego/Tijuana border region, the San Joaquin Valley, and Oaxaca for over 15 years. Dr. Bade earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Riverside in 1994.

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