Food as Medicine Summit

Food as Medicine Summit

May 10-11, 2023 | Chicago, IL

Moving from research to action: partnerships and scaling Food as Medicine

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2023 Partners

Knowledge Partner
Knowledge Partner

Sifter SP, Inc. technology makes delivery of healthy eating programs easy by matching evidence-based dietary guidance to products that match personalized needs. Sifter’s Nutrition as a Service™ includes an API toolbox that allows retailers, CPGs and health/fitness/recipe providers to offer their customers a product discovery experience that delivers on the growing food as medicine trend.

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Knowledge Partners
Investment Partner
Investment Partner

KEEN Growth Capital identifies food, beverage and wellness companies with great potential started by revolutionary-thinking, passionate entrepreneurs. We apply our trusted skill and passion to develop them into highly successful and respected companies.

Infusion of intellectual and financial capital delivers positive outcomes for stakeholders – and ultimately the consumer. Our investors benefit from outstanding returns and society is enriched by healthier products.

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Expert Speaker Faculty

The Food as Medicine Summit provides a platform for senior executives driving innovation from across healthcare and the food and beverage industry to share their insights and experience. This industry-led conference provides an opportunity for you to learn from and connect with advocates and experts to catalyze your own Food as Medicine journey.

Action Focused Discussions

Blending multi-stakeholder, action-focused panel discussions and case studies on stage with focused breakout sessions with the audience and speaker faculty, this Summit will dive into what actions we can take individually and collectively to accelerate Food as Medicine.

Multi-Industry Audience

This Summit brings together a focused, senior audience in an intimate setting to foster high value collaborations and discussions. Convening retail, CPGs, payers, providers and more in interactive sessions and dedicated networking breaks, this Summit will harness the power of multi stakeholder collaboration both on- and off-stage.

“These forums are vital. We have very big challenges to address and overcome, and I am looking forward to a robust, respectful exchange of ideas.”

Antonio Tataranni, CMO, PepsiCo

“I am looking forward to participating and hearing how companies and organizations are addressing this critical topic. No one organization can act alone, but rather with our collective efforts we can start to create real change for the improvement of public health.”

Joy Dubost, Head of Nutrition & Health, North America, Unilever

At Kroger, we believe what we eat can have a positive impact on our health. The question is– how can we make the healthful choice the simple and convenient choice, with taste at the forefront? How can we scale these solutions to help all people of all backgrounds live healthier lives? I’m looking forward to discussing these topics and more at the Food as Medicine Summit.

Taylor Newman, Director of Nutrition, Kroger

Speakers

Merrill Friedman
Merrill Friedman
RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy
Elevance Health
Merrill Friedman
RVP, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy
Elevance Health

Merrill leads inclusive policy and advocacy for Elevance Health.  She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the interests and preferences of our diverse communities and membership inform Elevance’s health benefits approaches and healthcare programs. Ms. Friedman advances the integration of the independent living philosophy and the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Healthcare Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities six foundational principles throughout policy, programs, individual interactions, and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance access, health equity, and inclusive public policy.  

 

Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community-based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions.  She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she served as Board Chair.  Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), the Institute for Exceptional Care (IEC), and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), and is an Advisory Board member for Uplift and ADvancing States’ MLTSS Institute.  

Taylor Newman
Taylor Newman
Nutrition Program Development Manager
Kroger
Taylor Newman
Nutrition Program Development Manager
Kroger

Taylor Newman, PhD, RDN, LD strives towards a world where everyone has access to adequate, nutritious foods. Taylor’s doctoral research at the University of Georgia focused on produce prescription programs across the U.S. She now helps people nationwide live healthier lives as a Nutrition Program Development Manager with the Kroger Co., where she serves as a subject matter expert for Kroger’s Food as Medicine strategy.

Amy Lazarus Yaroch
Amy Lazarus Yaroch
Executive Director
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Amy Lazarus Yaroch
Executive Director
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

Amy Yaroch, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN). She also holds a Special Dean’s appointment as Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Yaroch has over 20 years of experience in leading implementation of public health nutrition programs and evaluation efforts. Prior to joining GSCN, Dr. Yaroch was a Program Director and Behavioral Scientist at the National Cancer Institute where she worked across the areas of nutrition, dietary assessment, survey development, obesity prevention, and skin cancer prevention. Since joining GSCN in 2009, Dr. Yaroch has been leading efforts in childhood obesity prevention, food insecurity, food systems, and program and process evaluation. She is currently the Project Director on a 4-year cooperative agreement with USDA NIFA to lead the GusNIP National Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Center (NTAE). Dr. Yaroch has authored more than 170 papers, four book chapters, and has been awarded grants and contracts from federal and non-federal sources across a broad range of areas.

Dondeena Bradley
Dondeena Bradley
VP, Health & Wellness Strategy and Innovation
Mars
Dondeena Bradley
VP, Health & Wellness Strategy and Innovation
Mars

Dondeena Bradley leads the Wellbeing Center of Expertise for Mars Snacking based in Chicago, IL where she serves as the global lead for health & wellbeing portfolio strategic initiatives.  In 2019, Tiller/Simon & Schuster published her book Living Full Circle: Simple Ancient Rituals for Modern Life that identifies the benefits of wellbeing practices and translates them into practical ways that people can adopt into their daily lives.

 

She has spent thousands of hours challenging teams to deliver breakthroughs in areas focused upon human health and wellbeing with consistent success in diverse cultures at several companies including Campbell Soup, McNeil/Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Barilla.

 

Dondeena is at her best when bringing people together with diverse perspectives to identify common ground that creates traction toward a better outcome.  She is trained in developing new products, services, and processes designed for transformation and business growth.  She is passionate about human-centered leadership and building effective relationships with cross-functional leaders to achieve superior results. 

 

Her formal education includes a Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Purdue University.  She believes in the broader view that our wellbeing fuels welldoing, is an avid reader, a big systems thinker, and as a former competitive athlete, she loves being a sport spectator while spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Ludmer
Sarah Ludmer
Senior Director, Wellbeing and Regulatory
Kellogg Company
Sarah Ludmer
Senior Director, Wellbeing and Regulatory
Kellogg Company

In both her professional and personal life, she has a passion for finding positive ways to make a difference, which is at the heart of everything she does. Sarah graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  She then built a strong foundation in nutrition and public health before moving to Del Monte Foods where she supported nutrition and regulatory for consumer and pet foods.  

In 2014, she joined Kellogg Company, supporting the Kashi and Morningstar Farms brands. Today, she serves as Senior Director, Wellbeing and Regulatory where she combines her passion for public health and love of consumers to unlock growth. In this capacity, she ensures strategic outcomes and helps brands positively impact both people and the planet while meeting the needs of their diverse range of consumers.  

She has been appointed to the future leadership team of North America Cereal Co. to serve as the Chief Wellbeing and ESG Officer when the company spins off in January 2024 and looks forward to furthering the impact the new company will have.  

Sarah also volunteers her time with Kellogg’s Business Employee Resource Groups focused on veterans.  She enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.  

Jackie Schulz
Jackie Schulz
Director of Global Nutrition
Griffith Food
Jackie Schulz
Director of Global Nutrition
Griffith Food

Jackie Schulz is the Global Nutrition Director for Griffith Foods. Prior to her role at Griffith Foods, Jackie held roles in nutrition science, marketing, and regulatory affairs at Kraft Heinz, Nestlé, The Kellogg Company and Barilla. Jackie started her career as a clinical dietitian with a focus on pediatrics and received a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of California at Davis.

Ellis Singer McCue
Ellis Singer McCue
CEO
Territory Foods
Ellis Singer McCue
CEO
Territory Foods
Jaime Dircksen
Jaime Dircksen
Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
Trinity Health
Jaime Dircksen
Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
Trinity Health

Jaime Dircksen serves as the Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being at Trinity Health leading initiatives to optimize health for people experiencing poverty and other vulnerabilities across the 25-state system. She oversees all CHWB operations, including: advancing policies and programs that promote health equity and dismantle racism; investing in our communities through community benefit compliance, grantmaking and community investing; and advancing social care through collaborating with care teams to expand access to healthcare and address patient social needs. Jaime joined Trinity Health in July 2016, with over 20 years of public health experience leading large-scale planning, program and policy design efforts through public and private partnerships. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago at the School of Social Service Administration.

Sara Bleich
Sara Bleich
Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity in the Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Sara Bleich
Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity in the Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Dr. Sara Bleich is the Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity in the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after serving as the Senior Advisor for COVID-19 in the Office of the Secretary at USDA (2021). She is a policy expert and researcher who specializes in diet-related diseases, food insecurity and racial inequality with more than 175 peer-reviewed publications. She is on leave from her post as a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Bleich was also a White House Fellow during the Obama administration, where she worked at USDA as a Senior Policy Adviser for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. She holds degrees from Columbia (BA, Psychology) and Harvard (PhD, Health Policy).

 

Allison Hess
Allison Hess
Vice President, Health Services
Gesinger
Allison Hess
Vice President, Health Services
Gesinger
Faith Weiner
Faith Weiner
Executive Director CSR & Philanthropy,
CVS Health
Faith Weiner
Executive Director CSR & Philanthropy,
CVS Health
David Despain
David Despain
Director, Nutrition Science and Communications
Nestle Health Science
David Despain
Director, Nutrition Science and Communications
Nestle Health Science
Seth Staton
Seth Staton
Head of Clinical Programs and Innovation
Walgreens
Seth Staton
Head of Clinical Programs and Innovation
Walgreens
Akua Woolbright
Akua Woolbright
Global Nutrition Program Director
Whole Foods Market
Akua Woolbright
Global Nutrition Program Director
Whole Foods Market
Emily Hochman
Emily Hochman
CEO & Co Founder
Wellory
Emily Hochman
CEO & Co Founder
Wellory

Emily Hochman is the CEO+ Co-Founder of Wellory, a virtual care company tackling chronic conditions by connecting individuals with in-network nutrition providers for little-to-no cost. Their mission is to support 100 million Americans with life-changing 1:1 nutrition counseling by 2030.

 

Emily is also an impact scout investor at Story Ventures,  Board Advisor at Wellfare, and early stage startup advisor for founders who hustle. She is an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, an advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals supporting women and wellbeing, and a certified health coach.   

 

Emily has been named Forbes 30 Under 30, Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneur, featured in TechCrunch, Business Insider, Well+Good, and Thrive Global, and a recognized leader by the White House. 

 

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
CEO
Feeding America
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
CEO
Feeding America

Claire is chief executive officer of Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,00 food pantries and meal programs. Prior, she was executive vice president and global treasurer at Walmart, partner-in-charge of the Baton Rouge office and tax practice leader for Adams and Reese LLP, dispute resolution practice leader for the southwest region at PwC, and assistant secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs for the State of Louisiana.   

Claire has served on boards such as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, National Urban League and National Association of Black Accountants. She currently serves on the board of New York Life and Abbott Laboratories.

Claire was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2020. She holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.

Maycie Elchoufi
Maycie Elchoufi
Medical Director
Humana
Maycie Elchoufi
Medical Director
Humana

Dr. Maycie Elchoufi is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  She has an extensive and diverse background in clinical practice that ranges from outpatient to hospital settings. Dr. Elchoufi is a physician entrepreneur and founded a successful medical practice specializing in obesity treatment and rooted in lifestyle medicine principles. She is passionate about food and nutrition, and she has completed the Culinary Medicine Certification program at Tulane University. She is continuing her journey by earning additional certification through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Dr. Elchoufi currently works as a medical director at Humana, a managed healthcare organization, where she has served as a subject matter expert on obesity and nutrition. She is dedicated to leveraging lifestyle medicine principles as a foundational tool to support individuals in achieving their best health. 

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield California
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield California

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi oversees the operations and growth of a suite of clinically proven lifestyle medicine programs for Blue Shield of California’s members.  Kalousek-Ebrahimi and her team work to drive seamless operations, as well as enrollment and engagement in the lifestyle medicine interventions under the Wellvolution brand.  She strongly believes that lifestyle medicine can transform the current health care model by introducing clinically effective, cost effective, and non-invasive lifestyle approaches into the care continuum. She, herself, has incorporated lifestyle medicine into her own life to prevent disease and live in optimal health.  Kalousek-Ebrahimi is strategically working to promote Blue Shield of California’s philosophy that lifestyle is medicine.

Prior to joining Blue Shield in 2010, Kalousek-Ebrahimi worked as the Wellness Program Manager at Visa, Inc. where she created and implemented a new suite of global wellness programs for Visa employees.  Part of her role at Visa was to incorporate Visa wellness programming with health plan offerings so that employees had a seamless experience.  Prior to her time at Visa, Kalousek-Ebrahimi served as the Fitness Director at the Sports Club LA in San Francisco where she oversaw a staff of 60 trainers, nutritionists, and sports coordinators.  In her role there, she also managed new-member fitness programs, trainer education, and direct private training sales.  She has also worked in marketing, business planning, and accounting.

Kalousek-Ebrahimi holds an M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University, a B.S. degree in Business from the University of California, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, and is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

Sarah Mastrorocco
Sarah Mastrorocco
Vice President and General Manager of Health
Instacart
Sarah Mastrorocco
Vice President and General Manager of Health
Instacart

Sarah Mastrorocco is Vice President and General Manager of Health for Instacart. A longtime Instacart veteran and leader, Sarah today oversees Instacart Health, designed to support businesses, nonprofits and consumers across three key areas: Nutrition Security, Making Healthier Choices Easier, and Food as Medicine. Sarah has played an integral role at Instacart since joining as the first member of the company’s business development team in 2014. During her tenure at Instacart, she’s taken on various leadership positions across Business Development, Account Management, and Catalog. Prior to this current role, Sarah oversaw and scaled Instacart’s Pickup business.

Lisa Coleman
Lisa Coleman
Director of Healthy Living
Giant Food
Lisa Coleman
Director of Healthy Living
Giant Food

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN is the Director of Healthy Living for Giant Food, an Ahold Delhaize brand that operates 164 supermarkets in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Lisa is responsible for Giant’s health strategy including health-focused merchandising, community education and outreach and Nutrition Incentive solutions that promote food access, nutrition equity and community well-being. In her role, Lisa partners with key stakeholders, including NPOs, government offices and trade organizations, to drive innovative health programming for customers and associates. As the leader of Giant’s Healthy Living Team of credentialed nutrition professionals, she helps guide an inclusive, all-foods-fit approach to educating and inspiring the community Giant serves through classes, nutrition store tours, workplace wellness programs, cook-alongs and social media engagement which includes their bi-weekly podcast, Healthy Living by Giant. Born and raised in Baltimore, Lisa received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from Illinois State University. As a mom of four young adults, Lisa is a self-described Enneagram enthusiast who loves weekend getaways to the beach.

Allison Delaney
Allison Delaney
Director of Health & Wellness
Stop & Shop
Allison Delaney
Director of Health & Wellness
Stop & Shop

Allison Delaney is the Director of Health & Wellness at Stop & Shop. She is the founder and leader of the Stop & Shop Retail Dietitian Program, Nutrition Partners. In her role, she oversees the Nutrition Partners program and Stop & Shop’s team of registered dietitians. She also leads the development and execution of Stop & Shop’s health & wellness strategy. Prior to building the Nutrition Partners program, Allison held various roles within the Ahold Delhaize organization over the past 9 years, including time in regulatory, sustainability and most recently working as a Private Brands Category Manager. Allison has been a registered dietitian for over a decade and is passionate about making healthy food and nutrition education easily accessible to everyone. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 little boys!

Shideh Majidi
Shideh Majidi
Associate Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program
Children’s National Hospital
Shideh Majidi
Associate Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program
Children’s National Hospital

Dr. Shideh Majidi is the Associate Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at

Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Her primary clinical and research interests are in

behavioral and psychosocial aspects of care in youth and young adults with diabetes. She also has a

strong interest in building and improving diabetes clinical programs to ensure all diabetes patients

receive complete and individualized diabetes care.

Emiliano Rial Verde
Emiliano Rial Verde
VP of Corporate Development
Bunge
Emiliano Rial Verde
VP of Corporate Development
Bunge

Emiliano joined Bunge in 2015. As Bunge’s VP of Corporate Development he co-led the acquisition of Loders Croklaan and the creation of Bunge’s Global B2B Oils segment, Bunge Loders Croklaan. He created the Nutrition business unit to serve customers in the infant, sports, and medical nutrition industries, and to develop nutritional ingredients with health outcomes in mind.

Prior to joining Bunge, he spent 7 years at McKinsey & Company serving clients in the food, agriculture, and healthcare industries.

Emiliano holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. 

Susan Topping
Susan Topping
Sr. Director of Food, Policy & Impact
Capital Area Food Bank
Susan Topping
Sr. Director of Food, Policy & Impact
Capital Area Food Bank

Susan Topping is the Sr. Director of Food, Policy & Impact at the Capital Area Food Bank. In her current

role, Susan focuses on developing strategic partnerships with healthcare and workforce development

institutions to help address food insecurity’s root causes. She also oversees the CAFB’s Nutrition

Education team. In previous roles spanning 18 years, Susan has overseen sustainable food growing

projects, nutrition and food systems education, and, most recently, the management of the CAFB’s

relationships with its 450+ nonprofit partners, creating critical capacity building initiatives to enable

targeted food distribution in areas of greatest need.

 

Paul Goodman
Paul Goodman
CMO
Fresh N Lean
Paul Goodman
CMO
Fresh N Lean

Dr. Paul Goodman, MD began his journey in Food as Medicine working with patients suffering from macular degeneration.  This first exposure opened a window into this new opportunity, since then combining his medical background with the ever-expanding landscape of high quality publications in order to prevent and treat chronic disease in all populations.  Since late 2021 he has functioned as the Chief Medical Officer of Fresh N Lean, a leading ready-to-eat meal delivery service.  In his role there he guides branding, product, and partnership decisions on behalf of the company.

 

Dr. Goodman is originally from the Washington, D.C. area where he still currently resides.  He did his medical training at University of Maryland, and residency at Georgetown University.  Following completion of his training, he continued on at Georgetown as an attending surgeon helping to train residents in surgical technique.  When not hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two young daughters, and two dogs as well as watching baseball.

 

Geeta Maker-Clark
Director of Integrative Nutrition and Advocacy
NorthShore University Health System
Geeta Maker-Clark
Director of Integrative Nutrition and Advocacy
NorthShore University Health System

Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark is the Director of Integrative Nutrition and Advocacy at NorthShore University Health System and Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Culinary Medicine program at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Geeta has spent two decades studying integrative medicine, nutritional science, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, and natural childbirth in health clinics all over the world. She has lectured nationally and internationally on food as medicine and culinary medicine. Dr. Maker-Clark started the Food is Power program on the South Side of Chicago to empower youth to make healthier choices, with a curriculum that focuses on decolonized, holistic food education. Geeta was recognized as a national leader in food justice activism with a Castanea Fellowship from 2019-2022 and the Mesa Refuge Michael Pollan Fellowship in Food Journalism in 2021. Since 2016 she has founded and led the annual Food as Medicine CME Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden- bringing the leading voices in nutrition, cooking, and food justice to educate health care professionals and the public. 

Dr. Maker-Clark believes in transforming the way we think about medicine and looks to ancient wisdom and modern struggles as opportunities to heal with the medicines that are all around us.

Our Mission

The Food as Medicine Summit is designed to bring together key senior stakeholders from the food and beverage and healthcare industry to discuss the key challenges we still need to overcome.

Focusing on moving from research to action, these discussions will deep dive into how we can move from research to action, scale Food as Medicine through partnerships, and advance Food as Medicine approaches and programs. 

The Food as Medicine Summit provides a meeting point for leaders from CPGs, retail, payers and providers from across the US, plus innovative food companies, investors, and nonprofits to collaborate and tackle these issues together.

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Partnerships

With an event designed to answer the most significant questions in Food as Medicine, it is essential that we provide our audience with the leading experts and best solutions to help progress this fascinating industry forward. With an audience made up of senior-level executives from across top CPGs, large and small brands, payers, and providers, The 2023 Food as Medicine Summit offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase your capabilities and position your company as the partner of choice with the leading thinkers within both Food & Beverage and Healthcare.

If you are interested in exploring commercial partnerships at this year’s event, please contact our commercial manager, Tom Wells (tom@greygreenmedia.com) to discuss how we can best position your business or solution at the Summit.

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