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Immigration reform is in the air once again - with President Obama saying the issue will be tackled next year. Join Health Dialogues as we look at what it's like for undocumented and seasonal workers to get health care under the current system, and how immigration reform could change things.

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A federal court of appeals recently upheld a lower court's 2006 decision that found the tobacco industry guilty of racketeering and fraud. The House of Representatives has already voted to give the F.D.A. powers to regulate tobacco products, and the Senate is considering a similar vote. It's time for universities such as the University of California to wake up and cut their research ties with Big Tobacco, which has long used university research results to defraud the public.

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Yvette Flores-Ortiz is an associate professor of Chicana/o studies at UC Davis. She is an expert on Latino mental health issues, including adolescence, aging, violence, self-esteem, AIDS prevention, substance abuse and sexuality. Flores-Ortiz has studied eating disorders among Mexican-American women and conflict among married couples, among other community mental health issues. For the past two decades, Flores-Ortiz has worked as a research psychologist, university professor and licensed psychologist.

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Dr. Ivey is a board certified physician in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She completed her residency in family practice in 1984 (University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital). Dr. Ivey holds a Master's degree in health services management and policy from the George Washington University, and fellowship training in health policy and health services research from UC Berkeley. She is an adjunct associate professor with the School of Public Health and with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Dr.

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Sheila Hall is director of the HIV/AIDS & Health legal assistance program at the East Bay Community Law Center, the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and a nationally recognized poverty law clinic. The center, founded in 1988 by law students at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, serves several thousand low-income clients and community groups each year with legal matters directly affecting their income, shelter and health care. The HIV/AIDS & Health practice offers legal services to HIV-positive clients and their families.

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Sandrine Dudoit is a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.

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Dr. Lee is director of UC Berkeley's Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, one of 11 centers established by the National Institute on Aging that form part of the national infrastructure for developing the emerging field of the demography of aging. Dr. Lee is the author of numerous articles, papers and publications.

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Roger Doughty is executive director of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through grant-making, strengthening of LGBT organizations and leadership, and increasing philanthropic giving. Doughty was most recently the executive director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest's largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization. During his tenure, Doughty led the organization's expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center.

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In a decade at UC Berkeley and seven years prior at the RAND Corporation, MacCoun has published widely on the topic of drug policy, including the book "Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times and Places" (Cambridge University Press, 2001), a study of the effects of Dutch cannabis coffee shops and other European drug policies (published in Science, 1997), and a study of street drug dealers (the RAND monograph "Money from Crime," 1990). He has served on various government advisory panels and given congressional testimony on the effects of drug laws on drug use.

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Dr. Richard J. Jackson is a professor and the chairman of environmental health sciences at UCLA's School of Public Health. Previously, he was an adjunct professor of environmental health services at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He also served as state public health officer for the California Department of Health Services. His responsibilities included direct leadership and oversight of the department's public health-related activities.

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