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Joan Barlow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Joan Barlow has been with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for four years serving as Production Associate in the Communications Office. Joan is responsible for the management and production of print materials including core Foundation publications, conference and research reports, and operational documents. Joan is a contributor of content and visual direction to many Foundation communications tools, and is currently helping to develop a consistent visual messaging system for the public Website. She also handles the creative direction of the RWJF exhibit booth. Joan is a member of several committees working on projects ranging from branding to grantmaking process improvement. Joan’s brand marketing experience is helping to lead the efforts in the development and implementation of a visual identity system for RWJF.

Joan has over 15 years professional experience as a graphic designer working at various design firms and advertising agencies on both east and west coasts of the United States. She has experience working with a diverse client base which has included industries such as consumer products, hospitality, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining RWJF, Joan was with Benetton Sportsystem where she served as Manager of Creative Services. At Benetton she managed and designed promotional materials for the five Sportsystem brands which included Prince, Ektelon, Rollerblade, Nordica and Killer Loop. Her responsibilities focused on branding and corporate identity, advertising, merchandising, as well as product, packaging and store design in both domestic and international markets.

Joan received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications from the University of Delaware in 1986.

Cástulo de la Rocha, AltaMed

Cástulo de la Rocha, J.D., President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation (AltaMed), has been a community health leader for 27 years. During this time, he has directed AltaMed, a non-profit community health clinic with over 900 employees, to its current position as the leading provider of high quality, comprehensive health and human services in Los Angeles County. AltaMed serves over 43,000 patients and clients annually from its 17 sites in the greater Los Angeles area, including five primary care clinics. AltaMed offers a wide-range of programs serving special needs populations. For example, AltaMed has the largest HIV/AIDS program in East Los Angeles and is nationally recognized for its senior programs.

Cástulo holds a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley; a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Certificate in Management from Stanford University. He has served on the Board of Governors of L.A. Care Health Plan, as a Corporate Board Member of Blue Shield of California, regional chair of the Surgeon General’s Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative, and as a Member of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Cástulo is also a Board Member for the Latino Issues Forum; AIDS ACTION; the “I Have A Dream Foundation;” the American Heart Association; and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC). Additionally, he is an Executive Committee Member of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

Cástulo’s dedication and success in providing affordable and accessible health care to Latinos and the underserved has earned him national recognition in the community health field and many commendations, including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Gold Medallion for Public Health in 1992; the Community Service Award in 1995 from the American Diabetes Association; the Significant Achievement Award in 1995 from the Chicanos for Creative Medicine; and the VNA Vantage Award in 1996 from the Visiting Nurses Foundation.

Pamela S. Dickson, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pamela S. Dickson is a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her program activities at the Foundation focus on increasing access and quality of care for all Americans with a particular emphasis on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in access to care. Before joining the Foundation, Pam held several senior positions at the New Jersey Department of Health. As Assistant Commissioner from 1988 through 1994, she supervised the all-payer hospital rate-setting system and the health planning program. As Director of Health Care Reform Initiatives, she coordinated efforts among the Governor’s Office, The Department of Health, The Department of Human Services and The Department of Insurance to implement New Jersey’s 1993 Health Care and Insurance Reform Legislation.

Pam has held positions as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Health Data Organizations and of the Access for the Uninsured Steering Committee of The National Academy for State Health Policy. She holds a Masters in Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

Deeana Jang, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deeana Jang is a Senior Civil Rights Analyst at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington, DC. Prior to joining OCR in the Fall of 2000, Deeana worked as a Policy Analyst for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national advocacy organization based in San Francisco, where she focused on improving immigrant access to health ad social services following the implementation of welfare and immigration reform laws and on promoting cultural competency and linguistic access.

Deeana has also worked for many years as a legal services attorney specializing in domestic violence and immigration issues at the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation as well as at the Asian Law Caucus, and has trained advocates, providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, judicial officers and immigration judges on these issues. She was actively involved in the establishment of the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, one of the first battered women’s shelters in the nation offering linguistically accessible, culturally competent services for low-income, Asian immigrant women and their children. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and her J.D. from King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis.

Edward L. Martinez, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

Edward L. Martinez is Assistant Vice President with the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) in Washington DC that represents over 100 public hospitals and health systems around the country. He is responsible for various projects that support the mission of the organization by assisting NAPH members in accessing resources for improving hospital and health system operations and responding to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Edward is currently focusing on strategies for reducing and eliminating disparities in health care, on improving cultural competence practices, and on executive management development in public hospitals and health systems. In addition, he serves on a number on national advisory committees related to the provision of quality health care to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Edward has nearly 30 years of experience as a manager and executive in the public sector. Prior to his work with NAPH, he was Associate Director for Programs with the American International Health Alliance, a USAID-supported organization that manages health care partnerships between U.S. health care facilities and those in countries of the former Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Martinez served over 25 years with the County of Los Angeles where he specialized in human resources management and hospital administration. He managed one of the largest public hospitals in the U.S. as executive director of Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center and held a key management positions at Harbor-UCLA and Martin Luther King, Jr./Drew Medical Centers.

Edward received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's College in California, a M.S. in Public Administration from California State University at Los Angeles, and completed National Association of Public Hospitals & Health Systems Fellowships in Health Care Management and Policy at NYU and in Washington, DC.

Hugo Morales, Radio Bilingüe, Inc

Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Mr. Morales and an all-volunteer staff of farmworkers, former farmworkers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe, which began radio broadcast operation on July 4, 1980 over the entire San Joaquin Valley.

Radio Bilingüe is a national satellite community radio service in Spanish, English and Mixteco (an indigenous Native American language in Mexico) that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It has its headquarters in Fresno with regional offices are in Salinas and El Centro and the national production studios are in San Francisco. Radio Bilingüe is the recognized Spanish-language radio service for the public radio system in the United States. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language folk music for its national Latino audiences. The entire 24-hour daily operation is totally devoted to public service. Radio Bilingüe has a full-time staff of 25 and a budget of two million dollars. Those funding the project include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the California State Health Department - Tobacco Control Section, and many other funding partners interested in informing hard-to-reach, low-income, Latino populations in California and across the U.S.

Hugo is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca until the age of nine when his family immigrated to California. He grew up as a farmworker in Sonoma County until he graduated in 1968 from Healdsburg High School where he had been elected student body president. He then went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Also in May 1999, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored Hugo with the Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio’s highest distinction.

Some of Hugo’s board memberships include the following: Central California Legal Services; California Tomorrow; Fresno Arts Council Folk Arts Program Advisory Committee; The Alliance for California Traditional Arts; The California Wellness Foundation Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Advisory Panel; The National Alliance for Hispanic Health; SBC’s Universal Service Task Force; and PG&E/Greenlining.

In 1999, Hugo began serving on the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2002, he was appointed to the boards of the Rosenberg Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. In 2003, he was appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of the California Endowment. He has also served on several funding panels for the following organizations: The California Arts Council Arts Program; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Fresno Arts Council.

Guadalupe Pacheco, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Guadalupe Pacheco serves as a Public Health Advisor and Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Guadalupe has occupied mid-level and senior level management positions in State and Federal government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, focusing on health and human services program and policy issues. His work has included designing and implementing service delivery programs for diverse populations, developing and executing annual budgets exceeding $20 million, managing annual procurement activities ranging from $25,000 to $11 million, and providing oversight of the human resources staffing and training requirements in a variety of human services settings.

In his current capacity as Special Assistant to the Director for Minority Health, he is responsible for managing multiple projects that address health disparities of racial and ethnic minority communities. He staffs cultural competency activities through the Office of Minority Health’s Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. Additionally, he staffs and coordinates initiatives and program activities that enhance service delivery to Hispanic Americans.

Guadalupe serves on the board of directors of the Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., the advisory committee of the National Center on Cultural Competence, the advisory committee of the National Hispanic Medical Association’s Resident Leadership Program, and the Advisory Committee of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Hablamos Juntos: Improving Patient Provider Communication for Latinos Program initiative.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Social Work from California State University of Fresno.

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Paul M. Schyve, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Paul M. Schyve, M.D. is the Senior Vice President of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In this role, he is responsible for working with key professional, patient, consumer, purchaser and government organizations in furthering improvements in the quality of care provided to the public. From 1989 until 1993, Paul was Vice President for Research and Standards, and from 1986 until 1989, he was the Director of Standards at the Joint Commission. Prior to joining the Joint Commission, he was the Clinical Director of the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his medical education and residency in psychiatry at the University of Rochester, and has subsequently held a variety of professional and academic appointments in the areas of mental health and hospital administration, including as Director of the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Paul is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the boards of directors of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. He has published in the areas of psychiatric treatment and research, quality assurance, continuous quality improvement, health care accreditation, patient safety, and health care ethics.