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February 07, 2008

SFAF Podcast #26 - California budget cuts and pending HIV legislation: what's at stake?

In this episode, Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, Policy Analyst for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, outlines the possible effects of proposed California state budget cuts and pending state HIV legislation. Faced with a structural deficit of more than 14 billion dollars, Governor Schwarzenegger has presented a state budget with ten percent cuts across the board.

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Courtney Mulhern-Pearson is responsible for monitoring, analysis and advocacy on a range of HIV-related public policy initiatives at the federal, state and local levels of government.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Mulhern-Pearson worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she led outreach efforts on the Medicare part D drug benefit targeting HIV providers.  She received her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.

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