and a master’s of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bernardette Arellano has worked for Congressman Mike Honda more than 6 years, first as a senior field representative and caseworker and currently as a legislative assistant. During her time with the Honda Office, she has handled a wide variety of issues, including health, transportation, labor, agriculture, Social Security, women’s issues, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program/welfare, Native American issues, environmental issues, and civil rights. Currently, she is primarily responsible for health, transportation, labor, and the labor/health and human services component of the congressman’s work on the Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee. She is originally from Gilroy, California, and graduated from Princeton University in 2002.
Anne Beal, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. The foundation helps build healthy communities by promoting volunteerism, forming partnerships, and funding initiatives that improve the health and quality of life across the United States. As a physician who specializes in pediatric care and public health, Beal brings to the foundation a unique combination of clinical and policy experience. Beal joined the foundation in July 2009 from The Commonwealth Fund, where she directed the fund’s program to improve health care quality for low-income and minority patient populations. Prior to that, she was an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Beal earned an A.B. degree in biology from Brown University in 1984, a doctorate in medicine from Cornell University Medical College in 1988, and a master’s in public health from Columbia University in 1993.
She is a recognized authority in health disparities, quality of care, and children’s health, topics on which she has published several articles in the medical literature as well as a book titled The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years. Beal has been a pediatric commentator and medical correspondent for Essence magazine, the American Baby Show, ABC News, and NBC News.
Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H., is professor of family and community medicine and director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received a degree in medicine from UCSF and a degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and practiced medicine in a range of settings serving diverse, disadvantaged populations. For more than two decades, Braveman has studied and published extensively on social disparities in health and