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Marilyn Aguirre-Molina is a professor of public health at the City University of New York and the founding director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. She has published extensively on the issue of underserved populations, editing several other books and a policy monograph on Latinos’ Barriers to Primary and Preventive Services. Her international research includes the study of AIDS, poverty, and gender inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Margarita Alegría is a professor at the Harvard Medical School and the director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research. She and her staff at the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research are the recipients of a prestigious five-year grant for an Advanced Center for Latino and Mental Health Systems Research, awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The Advanced Center will focus on research that addresses pervasive ethnic and racial disparities in mental health service utilization and in mental health status. Cynthia Alford is an assistant professor and a program director for the John Harford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her research interests include educational effectiveness and healthcare for the elderly. Hortensia Amaro is the director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and a distinguished professor at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on public health epidemiology, prevention, and intervention in the areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and interpersonal violence. Recently, she has expanded her work to young incarcerated males and college students. Sandra P. Arévalo is a program manager at the Institute on Urban Health at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on substance abuse and the treatment of Latina women. George Ayala is a research public health analyst at RTI International in San Francisco. He previously served as director of the Institute for Gay Men’s Health, a collaboration between APLA and Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. Ayala has nearly twenty years of experience in HIV/AIDS prevention education, with a focus on working with youth, people of color, and gay communities. Laia Bécares is a doctoral candidate at University College London. She completed an MPH at Boston University School of Public Health and worked at Northeastern University evaluating substance abuse treatment programs for Latina women in Boston. 307 Contributors Gabriela Betancourt is research associate for Planned Parenthood of New York City. She has worked extensively with at-risk youth in numerous capacities and as a researcher at the Mount Sinai Hospital Adolescent Health Center in New York City. M. Antonia Biggs serves as project director at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. She also directs the evaluation of California’s publicly funded family planning program (Family PACT) and a study of Latino adolescent reproductive health, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Luisa N. Borrell is an associate professor in the department of health sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York. Her research interest is race, ethnicity , socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects as social determinants of health. She has published extensively in the areas of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects on health outcomes and mortality. Claire D. Brindis is a professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. She is executive director of the National Adolescent Health Information Center and associate director of the Information and Analysis Center for Middle Childhood and Adolescence. Olveen Carrasquillo is associate professor of medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the principal investigator of the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities, director of the Community Liaison core of the Columbia Center for the Active Life of Minority Elders, and co-director of the General Medicine Fellowship Program. Olivia Carter-Pokras is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland College Park. She has conducted health disparities research in the federal government and academia. Her research focuses on the intersection of epidemiology and health policy to address Latinos’ health and children’s environmental health. Ana Diez-Roux is the director of the Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities and the associate director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is also a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her...

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