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Jo Kerner has had a rich and varied career in the dental field over the past 40 years. Trained as a dental hygienist at the University of California, Berkeley and the UCSF School of Dentistry, she practiced clinical dental hygiene for 25 years before earning a master's degree in values from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She then became an assistant clinical professor in the dental school at UCSF, followed by employment with Aetna Dental Care of California as a manager and chief operating officer of California dental plans.

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Jean M. Ross is the founding executive director of the California Budget Project, a policy organization working to improve public policies affecting economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. The CBP presents research findings and policy analyses to state and local policymakers in the form of testimony, written reports, and briefing materials.

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James A. Crouch is executive director of the California Rural Indian Health Board. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation and overseas a multi-funded tribal organization providing direct health care services, technical assistance and advocacy to more than 45 tribes in California. Crouch received a bachelor's degree from the School of International Services at American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a master's in public health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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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Ms. Eileen Kunz is the director for policy and government relations for On Lok Inc. On Lok 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.

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Diana Cassady is an associate adjunct professor in the department of public health sciences at UC Davis. Her research focuses on a number of areas, including primary prevention of chronic disease, diet and physical activity, social marketing, reducing disparities in health status, and environmental and policy strategies to promote health. She received her Dr.P.H. in health education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. She also holds an M.P.H. in health education from UC Berkeley.

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David Hayes-Bautista is professor of medicine and founding director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The center provides resources for training medical students, health care providers and public health officials to manage the care of Latino patients effectively, efficiently and economically. Hayes-Bautista is internationally recognized for his research on the culture and health of Latinos.

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Christopher Perrone is deputy director of the California HealthCare Foundation's Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative. Previously, he was senior program officer for the foundation's Public Financing and Policy Program, which works to develop solutions to problems in publicly funded health care and safety net programs, including Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Perrone was the director of the foundation's Medi-Cal Policy Institute, which has now been folded in to the Public Financing and Policy Program.

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Castulo de la Rocha, J.D., is president and chief executive officer of AltaMed Health Services Corp. in Los Angeles. He has been a community health leader for more than two decades. He is a member of the executive committee of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; the Latino Issues Forum; AIDS ACTION; the "I Have a Dream Foundation," and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.

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Beth Capell is a lobbyist and policy advocate for Health Access California, a statewide health care consumer advocacy organization based in Oakland that is comprised of a coalition of over 200 constituency groups working for quality, affordable health care for all. Capell works out of the Sacramento office to provide policy analysis, legislative advocacy and other strategic input to Health Access and to other consumer, labor and public interest organizations on health care issues. Capell, who runs the legislative advocacy firm Capell & Associates, has represented Health Access since 1996.

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