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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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Juana Flores is co-director of programs for Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a Bay Area grassroots organization that helps Latina immigrants discover their own strength, overcome discrimination and domestic violence, and develop skills as community leaders. As an immigrant from Mexico, Ms. Flores began participating in Mujeres Unidas in 1991, first as a member and then as staff. As co-director, Ms. Flores is responsible for planning and implementing all of Mujeres Unidas' programs with a specific focus on community organizing and its new peer counseling program.

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John Gressman is president and CEO of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, a nonprofit organization representing about 10 health clinics that serve underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco. The clinics target people who are at the greatest risk for poor health outcomes because of lack of insurance, low income or homelessness. The consortium allows the clinics to pool their collective resources "both financial and experiential" and to address their needs and interests at local, state and national levels.

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Jack Cheevers is the communications director for Region 9 of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and several other health-related programs. Cheevers oversees communications in Region 9, which covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Trust territories.

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Hellan R. Dowden is founder and CEO of HR Dowden & Associates, a consulting group that represents clients with interests in health, education, social services, children, work force investment and training, technology and the public sect. She also co-manages Teachers for Healthy Kids, a collaboration of the California Teachers Association and the California Association of Health Plans, funded by The California Endowment to enroll kids in health care through schools. She represents county-organized health systems in Yolo, Napa, Solano, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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With 10 years of administration and operations experience, Grace Li joined On Lok in 2001 as the director of program operations. On Lok SeniorHealth is a comprehensive health plan that provides long-term care for eligible seniors living in San Francisco and Fremont. The program offers full medical care and support services with the goal of helping seniors live at home and in the community for as long as possible. Ms. Li brings expertise in orchestrating new site openings, managing the integration of software applications, and overseeing complex systems and health care programs.

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Gordan Chin is executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, an organization seeking to build community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents. Based in the Chinatown neighborhood, Chinatown CDC also serves other San Francisco neighborhoods, including North Beach and the Tenderloin. Chinatown CDC serves as a community development organization with many roles, including neighborhood advocates, organizers, planners, and developers and managers of affordable housing.

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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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