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 CJA 2015 Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Conference Purpose:

Communities Joined in Action brings together community leaders from multiple sectors and walks of life from across the nation to learn with and from one another.  Each year at the CJA annual meeting and conference, amazingly talented and committed community health groundbreakers come together to share lessons-learned and innovations. Together, these forward thinking leaders develop and leave with ideas, tools and action plans that improve health and eliminate inequities.

  • Unleashing the Power of Communities To Improve Health: Accelerating Collaboration & Innovation will share evidence-informed and evidence-based practices in order to support communities accelerate and spread innovations that improve health and promote equity.
  • Unleashing the Power of Communities To Improve Health: Accelerating Collaboration & Innovation will include compelling and highly interactive presentations by national, state and local leaders; focused workshops to share and discuss local innovations; and large and small group exercises to develop action plans.

Conference Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  • Engage and empower communities;
  • Build community capacity to improve health and eliminate inequities;
  • Develop and advance meaningful multi-sectoral public-private collaborations;
  • Rapidly and effectively create and implement innovations that promote health and equity;
  • Adapt innovations to a community’s strengths and needs; and
  • Spread approaches that promote better health for all people at less cost.
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Tuesday, September 29
Bonus Opportunities & Offers

 Communities Joined in Action as part of, and in partnership with, the 100 Million Healthier Lives Leadership Team is excited to invite you to join us in the Washington, DC area on September 29, 2015!

WHAT:     100 Million Healthier Lives Year One Celebration
WHERE:      Gaylord National (just 10 miles from the Hyatt Regency Capitol   Hill where the CJA conference takes place)
WHEN:     September 29, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
(the day and evening before the CJA Conference)

Together, we will:

  • Celebrate, reflect on lessons learned from the first year of 100 Million Healthier Lives and chart the way forward
  • Connect as a community to share stories and experiences that reflect on abundance, momentum, and our focus on humbly building a culture of health together
  • Create a collective strategy together for the way forward as we move to action to meet our goal of 100 Million Healthier Lives by 2020
  • Launch our 100 Million Healthier Lives measurement strategy and accelerate work on the ground to improve health

Register Now!


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Gaylord National Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 2074

This FREE event is an amazing opportunity to meet and learn with leaders of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, of which CJA is a proud partner. Please join us!!

 Wednesday, September 30
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill


8:00 am- noon
Volunteer Physicians Network
Charitable Pharmacies of America
Pathways Community HUB Guidance Council


9:00  am – noon
Communities Join in Action is excited to offer and invite you to participate in a few webinars to prepare you for your visit to the hill!

WHAT:             Making the Most of Visits to the Hill
WHEN:             Monday, September 21, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 EST
PRESENTER: Laura Bozell, Cornerstone Government Affairs                                   


  • Learn who works in the congressional offices – roles/responsibilities; who’s the best person to talk with
  • Identify what materials to bring to your hill visit
  • Learn how to tell your story in 15 minutes, make the most of it
  • Learn how to follow up from your visit to the hill
  • What happens when your appointment is cancelled or the Senator/Representative is a no show

CLICK HERE to register


8:00 am – 4:00 pm
100 Million Healthier Lives- Pathway to Pacesetter

We are pleased to announce the next phase of 100 Million Healthier Lives SCALE: Pathway to Pacesetter, which will support over 100 communities to help accelerate their improvement journey.  The goal of Pathway to Pacesetter is to support local leaders at every level of a community to be successful and to multiply their effectiveness in achieving their existing vision and goals. If you’ve already applied to be a Pathway to Pacesetter community or are interested in applying, you might be interested in attending this event where participants will get on boarded to 100 Million Healthier and learn new improvement and leadership skills. Email for more information. You can register for the launch as a pre-conference intensive on CJA’s website here:

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hospital Community Benefit

The pre-conference session is focused on community benefit and will feature the innovative work of Trinity Health.  Trinity Health has 90 hospitals and facilities across the US and reinvests nearly 1 billion dollars annually.  The session will feature keynote presentations  painting a view of the national landscape of community benefit.  Trinity’s Vice President for Community Benefit along with representatives from hospitals with mature community benefit programs will also participate in this 4 hour session.

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Diverse Funding Strategies for your Pathways Community HUB

This exciting pre-conference session will discuss multiple funding strategies that support community care coordination and the Pathways Community HUB model, including contracting with Medicaid Managed Care and utilizing Relative Value Units (RVU). Representatives from local, state and national levels will share contracting and reimbursement strategies and assist you in determining how this could work in your community care coordination initiatives.

For more information about the HUB model check out, and

  Conference Agenda

 Thursday, October 1
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Please join us at our CJA Member & Friends Meeting over breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Judith Warren, MPH
Board Chair, Communities Joined in Action
Chief Executive Officer, HealthCare Access NOW

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, MS
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention
American Heart Association

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Alignment for Health Equity & Development (AHEAD)
Arthur Himmelman
HIMMELMAN Consulting

Bridging for Health
Karen Minyard, PhD
Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University

Community Centered Health Homes (CCHH)
Leslie Mikkelson, MPH, RD
Prevention Institute

Communities Joined in Action (CJA)
Annette Pope, MPA
Georgia Health Policy Center

Moving Health Care Upstream
Debbie Chang, MPH

Pathway to Pacesetter Program (P2P)
Laura Brennan, MSW
100 Million Healthier Lives Leadership Team

Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI)
Brenda Leath, MHSA, PMP
The Rockville Institute

ReThink Health
Laura Landy, MBA
The Rippel Foundation & Founder and Chair, ReThink Health

Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE)
Soma Stout, MD, MS
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Way to Wellville
Rick Brush, MBA
Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup)


John Scanlon, PhD

Rick Wilk
Regional Administrator
Health Resources and Services Administration

10:45 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
100 Million Healthier Lives by 2020

Soma Stout, MD, MS
Executive External Lead for Health Improvement
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm


Vondie Woodbury, MPA
Vice President Community Benefit
Trinity Health

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Session A  “What’s Driving Population Health? The State of the Field in 2015” The Association for Community Health Improvement is closely monitoring the state of the hospital field to see how population health is evolving at the national level. This session will present the findings from two national studies of population health: 1) A qualitative analysis of community health needs assessments that identified the mostly commonly prioritized community health needs and 2) A survey of over 1,400 hospitals from across the US regarding their community partnerships and how they are implementing population health approaches in their community.  This session is intended to help participants: 1) understand the forces driving hospitals toward the population health paradigm 2) identify trends in how hospitals are adopting population health 3) identify the most commonly prioritized community health needs

 Julia Resnick, MPH
Program Manager
Association for Community Health Improvement/American Hospital Association

“Enterprising Health®, A model for Co-Creating Innovative and Sustainable Health Solutions with Members of the Community”Health care leaders spend countless hours designing interventions to address community health issues, many of which fail. The failure to impact the health status of the community is largely due to the lack of a true understanding of its members and their most pressing needs.  In this session, participants will learn about the Enterprising Health model — using local community members as the best resource for finding innovative solutions to local health challenges, lessons learned while designing and implementing an innovative model, and the wonderful social enterprises that grew out of this model. Workshop participants will gain a deep understanding of how the model works through experiential exercises.  This session is intended for anyone who develops programs/interventions for people in vulnerable communities.

Erica Thrash-Sall, MBA
Community Benefit, Lead
St. John Providence

Marcy Buren, LMSW
Director, Community Health
Ascension Health

Session B  “Learning What You Thought You Already Knew”“The power of the community to create health is far greater than any physician, hospital or clinic.” (Mark Hyman). Too often, the reverse appears to be the starting point, and it shows in the way partnerships, collaborations, and relationships are nurtured and built. This session will take a close look at how the Rural and Urban Access to Health (RUAH) Program is recalibrating the core of its mission and focus to reflect the power of community. The introduction of the program into the urban Indianapolis area will be the background from which lessons learned; current work and failures and successes will be shared.  This session is intended for participants that want to learn how an exciting program redefines/reworks its integration within the community. Participants will leave with “real world” examples of how both big and little interactions add up to unleash and empowered community. 

Alicia Barlow
Senior Administrative Specialist
Rural and Urban Access to Health 

“Showcasing Student Organizing Efforts to Improve Community Health”The creative use of existing resources is critical to improving the health of community populations. Organizations and coalitions can leverage an underutilized resource by engaging the passion and energy of local students in health disciplines. In this session, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Open School student leaders will share how they are organizing for health and health care transformation, and how you can partner with them in your community.  This session is intended for participants who want to learn about students who are mobilizing their knowledge of community organizing, improvement science, and systems thinking to improve the health of their communities; becoming aware of opportunities for organizations to partner with and leverage students.

Kate Hilton
Senior Faculty
Rethink Health & Institute for Healthcare Improvement 

Becka DeSmidt
Community Manager
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

      Session C “Partnering4Health: A National Collaboration Building Community Capacity to Promote Chronic Disease Prevention and Equity” In 2014, The American Heart Association (AHA), the National WIC Association (WIC), the American Planning Association (APA), the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) were awarded funding to support community level health promotion efforts nationwide to address chronic disease and promote prevention efforts, in ultimately 100 communities during a three-year period.  This initiative is referred to as Partnering4Health. The purpose is to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities through the use of population-based strategies that create healthier communities. Collectively, these national organizations with their affiliated community groups are using evidence- and practice-based community health activities to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities, and strengthen the evidence for best practices that may be replicated by other communities. This session will provide an overview of the national project and is intended for participants who want to explore how policy, systems and environmental change strategies are utilized by the five national organizations to effectively implement Partnering4Health. 

Cheryl Welbeck, MBA
Project Director
DHPE – Partnering4Health

Nicolette Warren, MS, MCHES, DrPH(c)
Director of Health Equity, Society for Public Health Education

Elizabeth Hartig, Project Coordinator
American Planning Association

Quinney D. Harris, MPH
Program Manager, CPHMC
National WIC Association

“Engaging WIC Agencies in Community Health” WIC clinics are an access point to prevention and health care services for millions of families in approximately 10,000 clinics across the country.  Given that WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals to clinical and community services, WIC families and staff have a wealth of expertise, relationships, and insight to offer community coalitions or other groups working toward improving the health of their communities. Using examples from seventeen WIC agencies in ten states engaged in the National WIC Association’s Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children project, we will discuss the roles that WIC agencies can play in transforming community health beyond the WIC clinic as well as the best ways to approach getting engaged in community-driven projects. This session is intended for participants interested in learning how WIC staff and clients can contribute to community health projects. 

Martelle Esposito, MS, MPH
Government Affairs Manager / CDC Community Partnerships Grant Director
National WIC Association

Quinney Harris, MPH
Program Manager, CDC Community Partnerships Grant
National WIC Association  

Session D “Community Alignment by Convergence – Alignment of Health Equity and Developmental Initiative” The central goal of the Alignment of Health Equity and Development (AHEAD) initiative is to assist organizations in the alignment of EXISTING efforts within a community. This distinguishes the AHEAD approach from the blizzard of entrepreneurs flooding the field; each with an espoused new model and most of which ignore the many efforts that are already underway. With AHEAD, existing efforts are optimally leveraged by building mutually reinforcing links across the board and developing a coordinated and convergent effort.  In this session, we will share the impetus, purpose, and core themes for this initiative. These include:  Impetus) Expanded coverage and shift in financial incentives in health care; Health care providers/payers increasingly at financial risk for poor health; Emerging societal imperative to address fundamental inequities; Growing awareness of potential for alignment of health and community development sectors;  Purpose) Build shared ownership for health in neighborhoods where inequities are concentrated; Explicit alignment of health sector services, programs, activities, and community development investments;  Core Themes) Optimal leveraging of EXISTING resources; Make better use of current dollars; Support local infrastructure to manage, facilitate, evaluate, and sustain.  This session is intended for participants want an opportunity to dialogue with experienced community and system change experts and exposure to some pragmatic tools. 

Camille Miller, MSSW
CJA Board Member
Texas Health Institute

Authur Himmelman
National Team Expert

PacificSource’s Coordinated Care Model – A Force for Community Health Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organization model (CCO) has gained national attention and has shown early signs of success at improving quality and curving costs for the state’s Medicaid population. Among the 16 CCOs statewide, PacificSource has one of the most unique local governing models. This has enabled accelerated change in key transformational areas, including addressing health equity via tangible solutions that ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery. This session is intended for participants who want to learn 1) The backdrop to Oregon CCOs and Medicaid transformation 2) New ways of thinking about local governance and stakeholder buy-in 3) How local governance married with community engagement can lead to policy change and equity, and 4) How PacificSource, as Payor, has led the advancement of community health solutions.

Kate Wells, BS
Director, Community Health Development
PacificSource Health Plans

Marian Blankenship
Vice President,
Government and Community Relations
PacificSource Health Plans

Session E Developing and Sustaining Multi-Sector Collaboration to Build Community Capacity in HIEIt is widely recognized that seamless Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the interoperability of health information technology are fundamental to an integrated community health care delivery system. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) provided $250 million over three years (2010-2013) through the Beacon Community Program to 17 selected communities throughout the United States to build and strengthen health IT infrastructure, test innovative approaches, and make strides toward better care, better health, and lower costs. With that capacity communities are poised to realize Triple Aim goals of improved care coordination, better population health outcomes and lower health care costs. Using the example of developing and sustaining electronic health information exchange (HIE) capacity in the Beacon Communities, participants will learn about the innovative and successful approaches, designs and best practices for multi-sector collaboration.  This session is intended for participants who want to know best practices to engage, empower and mobilize multi-sector key stakeholders to build and sustain community capacity in HIE. 

Rhonda Poirier, DrPH
Managing Partner
Trega Partners International

Pathways Community HUB – A Community Approach to Achieve the Triple Aim  Pathways Community HUBs in Ohio are advancing health improvement, achieving better health outcomes for high risk, high cost consumers contracting with health plans. Two HUBs, Health Care Access Now & the Lucas County Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes will share strategies for integrating community-based care coordination with providers. Presenters will discuss innovative ways of contracting, staffing and managing data across systems of care. Presenters will demonstrate how HUBs are a viable and cost effective approach for health systems who are considering population health interventions and transitions of care for minority populations and other targeted groups.  This session is intended for participants who want to learn how to operationalize the Pathways Community HUB model: Infrastructure & design components in addition to those who want to engage in interactive discussion on challenges & opportunities for addressing “hard to reach” consumers.

Judith Warren, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Health Care Access Now

Jan Ruma, BS, Med, CFRE
Vice President
Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Jim Macrae, MA, MPP
Acting Administrator
Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH
Director, National Leadership Fellowship on Health Policy and Public Service, Stanford University HAAS Center for Public Service
Senior Medical Officer
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Regan Crump, DrPH, MSN
Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jennifer Ho, BA
Senior Advisor for Housing and Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Eric T. Baumgartner, MD, PHD
Louisiana Public Health Institute

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Judith Warren, MPH
Board Chair, Communities Joined in Action
Chief Executive Officer, HealthCare Access NOW

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join us to celebrate our elected officials & community health leaders

Friday, October 2

7:30 am – 8:30 am

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Linda Kinney, MHA
Co-Chair, CJA Membership Committee
Deputy Executive Director, Care Share Health Alliance


 Nick Macchione, MS, MPH, FACHE
Director and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, California

9:30 am – 9:45 am

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Session A  “Where Are You on the Pathway for Transforming Regional Health?”ReThink Health Pathway for Transforming Regional Health is a visual compass for leaders working to move from their currently fragmented regional systems of health to ones that are fully integrated and providing the results envisioned by the community.  The Pathway begins when leaders step outside of their own organization and work in collaboration with others to improve health and health care. Using Pathway’s five phases, leaders working toward redesign can assess where their effort is on the journey, what pitfalls to avoid, and what steps they should be considering to accelerate progress.  Participants will reflect on their aspirations for change by developing their vision of a compelling future for their region. They will learn about the roles of organizational leader, facilitator, steward, and innovator, and how each of them are critical to lead toward a vision of a radically better system. By thinking about their personal aspirations for impactful action, participants will gain a more full understanding of what their leadership role might be.  This session is for participants who are working to catalyze change in their communities, either from within their own organizations or as part of a multi-sector health collaborative.Ruth Wageman, PhD
Senior Scholar
Rethink HealthJane Erickson, MPA, MAIR
Project Director, Inclusive Business Planning for Health
Rethink Health
Session B  “Improving Outcomes with Chronic Disease Management in Rural Communities”Rural health clinics face unique challenges when trying to implement case management programs and impact population health.  These include assistance with transportation, providing a home visit to those that cannot get to their provider, providing access to healthy foods medications that may be difficult to attain when the closest market or drug store is over 30 minutes away. Access Kershaw has taken a progressive stance to tackle these problems.  By embedded case managers in these rural clinics, Access Kershaw is able to help assist with clients who require so much time from the practitioner related to management of their chronic disease(s).  Funded by the Duke Endowment, the purpose of Access Kershaw is to provide a coordinated community approach to caring for the uninsured.  The major program goals and priorities are the following: connecting clients to a medical home; expanding capacity of current providers by engaging the medical community; utilizing a case management model to coordinate care, helping clients navigate programs, and addressing the barriers they face; and coordinating eligibility efforts to work in partnership to qualify people for multiple services through one portal. We utilize case managers for this program.  This session is intended for participants who want learn techniques to assist in developing a chronic disease case management program Kelly Warnock, FNP
Access Kershaw
“Transitional Care Program – Reducing Homeless Patient Hospital Readmissions”Developed by the Solano Coalition for Better Health in conjunction, with hospital and county partners, The Transitional Care Program (TCP) is a respite program for homeless clients discharged from inpatient care.  With two home-based care locations, TCP provides post-discharge medical care, addressing the medical and psycho-social issues that often lead to continued homelessness including mental illness and substance abuse.  In addition, TCP assists clients with locating permanent housing, signing up for health coverage and establishing a medical home prior to being discharged from the program.  More than 60% of the clients complete the program and do not return to homelessness. In 2014, hospital partners estimated $2 million in savings from hospital readmissions.  This session is intended for participants who want to learn about the components of this unique model that has served as a cost effective bridge between hospitalization stability for homeless inpatients.Joanie Erickson
Executive Director
Solano Coalition for Better Health 
      Session C “Community-Centered Health Homes: Moving from Conceptual Framework to Full Scale Implementation”Healthcare institutions are increasingly looking for ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience. We are in the midst of a historic opportunity to move the nation’s healthcare system from a “sick care system” to one that prioritizes health and well-being. This involves changing the way our current healthcare system works and realigning priorities to elevate community health. The Community-Centered Health Home (CCHH) model, developed by Prevention Institute, illustrates a frame for integrating community prevention and clinical services to improve population health. CCHH builds upon existing practices that integrate community health and primary care, such as Community Oriented Primary Care and more recent models of the medical home and Patient-Centered Medical Home. It takes these models a step further, however, by encouraging healthcare institutions to take an active role in strengthening their surrounding community through collaborative partnerships, in addition to improving the health of individual patients. This presentation will provide an overview of the model, an introduction to the CCHH Demonstration Project, and lessons learned on moving from Conceptual Framework to Full Scale Implementation. Additionally, we will highlight the benefits of the unique partnership forged between Prevention Institute and the Louisiana Public Health Institute. Jaymee Lewis Desse, MS
Program Manager
Louisiana Public Health Institute Rea Panares, MPH
Senior Advisor
Prevention Institute
“Patient Activation Using Trained Behaviorists”Given the challenge of BMI reduction and its connection with long term management and prevention of chronic health conditions, learning more about the details of the intervention will be very useful to Patient Centered Primary Care Homes and community coalitions interested in implementing Behaviorist/Health Coach interventions with a consortium.  This session will present two years’ worth of outcome data detailing results to date on a Certified Behaviorist Intervention provided in a primary care setting. The project is a Health Resource Service Administration Office of Federal Rural Health Policy funded demonstration project implemented by a consortium of three community organizations. This project tracks the impact of the intervention on A1C, Blood Pressure, LDL, BMI, and Tobacco Use indicators. Participants in the project with poor health outcome indicators and high BMIs have been able to reduce their BMI and improve health outcome indicators. This session is intended for participants who want to learn the elements of a successful integrated behaviorist intervention. Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW
Executive Director
Northeast Oregon Network 











Session D  “Build Collaboration. Take Action. Make Impact. 3 Years of the Colorado Network of Health Alliances”The Colorado Network of Health Alliances was founded in 2012 to link local efforts of over 25 alliances and collaborative across the state to increase their capacity and efficiency, increase their collaboration and shared learning, and increase their visibility across Colorado to help create a statewide narrative of change in the health care system. In this breakout session participants will receive a brief history of CCMU’s statewide network, best practices and lessons learned from the past 3 years of organizing the network, and tips for how to evaluate collaborative change efforts and how to create a statewide network of your own. We’ll also explore the power and utility of linking these isolated community efforts as we continue to pursue health care reform implementation.  This session is intended for participants who want to gain concrete skills and knowledge around creating and sustaining a statewide network of health care alliances. Denise Gomez, MPA
Community Initiatives Manager
Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved   
 “Bringing a Community to Consensus on a Health Improvement Agenda”Put 80 people in a room, all representing different consistencies from hospitals to social services. Then ask them to decide on a small number of doable initiatives that in combination would have the power to improve health, improve the delivery of care and have a positive impact on cost while addressing equity. What are the chances there would ever be agreement? In Cincinnati, the answer to alignment and agreement came from data and a predictive model that aligned the desires of the stakeholders with realistic expectations for impact. This session takes a look at the process, where success was claimed, where there were challenges, and lessons learned.  This session is for participants who want a road map to building community alignment on health initiatives.Laura Randall
SVP, External Affairs
The Health Collaborative Judith Warren, MPH
Health Care Access Now  

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Connie J. Brooks, RN, MPH
Senior Director
Ascension Health

Darshak Sanghavi, MD
Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Ian Galloway, MPP
Senior Research Associate, Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of San Fransisco


Karen Minyard, PhD
Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


 Peter Knox, MS, BS
Executive Vice President
Bellin Health


Judith Warren, MPH
Board Chair, Communities Joined in Action
CEO, HealthCare Access NOW

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