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Olivia Fe is founder and executive director of the Latina Breast Cancer Agency, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization offering services and support for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer. The dynamic, community-based organization works to address the unique breast health needs of Latinas. The women served by LBCA are primarily Latinas who are monolingual, Spanish-speaking, underinsured and underserved.

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Nayan Shah is an associate professor of history at UCSD. Shah has expertise in the history of public health and medicine, the history of race, ethnicity and gender in the U.S. West, the history of the experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the historical context of gender and sexual identities in the United States. Shah writes about the individual topics and intersections of health, ethnicity, culture, and gender and sex in U.S. hstory.

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Swords to Plowshares is a veterans' rights organization seeking is to heal wounds and restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to San Francisco Bay Area veterans as well as reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to veterans in the Bay Area. It promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education and partnerships with local, state and national entities.

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María Jimenez is director of support programs for Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a San Francisco-based grassroots organization that works toward social justice and immigrant rights in the Latino community. The organization has offices in San Francisco and Oakland, and membership consists of over 300 Latina immigrants.

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Ms. Macchia received her J.D. from Golden Gate University and her B.A. from Mills College. Her professional experience includes 25 years of health care management experience, beginning in 1980 with health care labor relations in San Francisco and transitioning to managed care in 1984, when she became national director of provider relations and subsequently national development counsel for Maxicare Health Plans. She served as director of health plans for the University of Southern California for a dozen years.

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Dr. Chafetz's areas of interest include severe and persistent mental disorders, treatment outcomes of psychosocial interventions, medical co-morbidity, co-occurring substance use disorders, primary care, services research, life history methods, family caregivers, psychosocial rehabilitation, wellness models, community treatment, and disparities in treatment of the mentally ill. Dr. Chafetz serves as a clinical supervisor of the Wellness Training Program, located at the Oasis Self Help Program in San Francisco.

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Dr. Lisha Wilson is medical director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. Clinics in San Francisco and Oakland. She has worked extensively with HIV/AIDS patients in the African-American community, especially women. Wilson formerly served as chief of the division of HIV services at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. She is board-certified in internal medicine and completed her residency at Highland General Hospital in 1993. She received her M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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Lance Toma is executive director of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a sexual health and HIV services organization based in San Francisco that delivers local, statewide and national programming with a staff fluent in 20 languages. Toma is a trained psychotherapist and has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults. Previously, he served as director of the Horizons Youth Services Program for gay and lesbian youth in Chicago.

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Founded in 1974, Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. (RAMS) is a private, nonprofit mental health agency in San Fancisco providing community-based, consumer-guided, culturally competent and multilingual services that meet the mental health, social and educational needs of the diverse San Francisco community. Services are available in English, Russian and Asian languages. Its multidisciplinary treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers,
psychiatric nurses, marriage and family therapists and
mental health workers.

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Karen Topakian is on the board of advisors for the Agape Foundation: Fund for Nonviolent Social Change, a nonprofit public foundation that raises and distributes funds to groups working for nonviolent social change. Previously, she was its executive director. Since its formation in 1969 by pacifists and anti-war activists in Palo Alto, Calif., the San Francisco-based Agape Foundation has provided millions of dollars to nonviolent, grassroots organizations throughout the western United States.

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