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Dr. Benner teaches philosophy of nursing science, ethics and interpretive phenomenology. Dr. Benner's research focuses on skill acquisition and clinical judgment in nursing practice, and articulating the knowledge and skill in practice in order to make it public and visible. She also studies end-of-life care in critical care settings. Her work in end-of-life care includes the exploration of attitudes and values towards end-of-life care pain management, the transition from curative to palliative care and health care provider assisted suicide by critical care nurses.

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Dr. Mark D. Smith is president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, or CHCF, an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California and to helping consumers make informed health care and coverage decisions. Since CHCF's formation in 1996, Smith has led the California HealthCare Foundation in developing research and initiatives aimed at improving California's health care financing and delivery systems.

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Lisa Sun Hee Park is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she was an associate professor of ethnic studies at UCSD. She specializes in Asian-American studies, immigrant women's health care, immigrant work and labor, welfare and immigration policy, the sociology of consumption, and environmental inequality.

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Linda Civitello, president and CEO of Breathe California, a Daly City-based organization working to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services. As president and CEO, Civitello utilizes her extensive experience in community service, urban planning and government affairs.

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Dr. John R. Balmes is a pulmonary physician, professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and chief of the division of occupational and environmental medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). His research is principally in occupational and environmental respiratory disease. Dr. Balmes studies the effects of exposures to air pollution in his human exposure laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital and the chronic effects of such exposures in epidemiological studies with collaborators at both UCSF and UC Berkeley.

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Dr. Douglas Owens is a general internist, an professor of medicine and (by courtesy) of health research and policy at Stanford University, a senior investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Center for Health Care Evaluation, and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR. He directs the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center, the program on clinical decision-making and guideline development at PCOR, and the Palo Alto VA's ambulatory care fellowship program.

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Don Cohon has been on the clinical faculty in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. Currently, he is director of Edgewood Center for Children and Families' Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. The Edgewood Center provides care for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, ages 5 to 14, most of whom have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or prenatal substance exposure.

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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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Dr. Charlene Harrington is a professor emerita of sociology and nursing in the department of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the faculty in 1980. Her major interest is in nursing home quality and regulation, developed after she served as the director of the California Division of Licensing and Certification in 1975. She served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Nursing Home Regulation, whose 1986 report led to the passage of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. Dr.

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Dr. Catherine Eng is medical director of On Lok, a nonprofit organization founded in the early 1970s by a group of citizens concerned about the plight of frail elders and the lack of long-term options in the community. Eng has always had an interest in health care for the elderly. In 1981, she joined On Lok as a staff physician, and in 1992 became medical director of the health plan. On Lok SeniorHealth is a comprehensive health plan that provides long-term care for eligible seniors living in San Francisco and Fremont.

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