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8. Here's a little background on my professional work before the "troubles"
Bernard H. Ellis, Jr., MA, MPH, is an epidemiologist with over thirty years in substance abuse-related research, program development and administration. He specializes in epidemiological research strategies to assess public health program development, delivery and effectiveness. During his career, Mr. Ellis has held research and program management positions with two federal agencies (NIH and CDC) and with three state governments (Tennessee, New Mexico and Wyoming). His areas of research and programmatic involvement include substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related epidemiological research at the tribal, state and federal level.

During Mr. Ellis career, he has been involved in a number of ground-breaking efforts. As a member of the Information Projects Branch in the National Cancer Institute, Mr. Ellis was responsible for developing a medical office-based smoking cessation approach which was used by over 10% of U.S. physicians and over 20% of U.S. dentists to assist their smoking patients to quit. He was a principal consultant in the public and professional education efforts surrounding the release of Nicorette, the first prescription drug licensed to assist smokers to address their nicotine addiction while quitting smoking. In the late 1980s, Mr. Ellis served as the Program Director for HIV/AIDS Surveillance/Seroprevalence for the Tennessee AIDS Program. During his tenure there, AIDS case reporting increased over 600% in Tennessee; and the research efforts he directed were responsible for testing over 110,000 persons annually in a number of sentinel populations within which the HIV/AIDS epidemic was being tracked. In the early 1990s, Mr. Ellis was responsible for organizing the first research unit within any U.S. state health department devoted to studying substance abuse as a public health problem for the New Mexico Department of Health. That work led him to assist six other states in developing similar research programs and to serve as an expert consultant on substance abuse to the U.S. Congress through the GAOs Office of Technology Assessment.

Important projects have included providing consultant support for Wyomings Methamphetamine Initiative, a statewide effort which was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Justice in its Practitioner Perspectives series: Mr. Ellis has also managed the Wyoming Substance Abuse Treatment Needs Assessment Project, a four-year, $1.3 million research project which involved the administration and oversight of eleven separate statewide studies in Wyoming and which led to the quadrupling of state resources for substance abuse treatment; he designed and implemented the Alabama Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome and Process (STOP) study, which utilized eight separate statewide administrative database linkages to track treatment outcomes for over 11,000 state-supported patients; and he designed and conducted the ongoing monitoring of substance abuse trends in McKinley County, NM, once the worst county in the U.S. for substance abuse-related mortality and now a model of community change, through the Long View series of research reports.

Mr. Ellis has authored numerous publications on public health strategies and performance of current efforts to reduce tobacco use, cancer, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. In addition, he has provided consultant support to almost 100 major national and state governmental and private organizations in the past two decades. Mr. Ellis earned his BA in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science from Vanderbilt University, an MA in Sociology (Demography and Human Ecology) from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPH (Public Health Education and Epidemiology) from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has additional graduate training in Sociology at Vanderbilt University and Health Communication, Health Promotion and Medical Anthropology at Stanford University.

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  -I am applying for a Presidential pardon for my medical cannabis conviction. Will you help? Fly by night  Jan-30-11 08:38 AM   #0 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Jan-30-11 08:52 AM   #1 
  - K & R  a la izquierda   Jan-30-11 08:55 AM   #2 
  - I wish you the best  Saboburns   Jan-30-11 08:59 AM   #3 
  - K&R  Fumesucker   Jan-30-11 09:12 AM   #4 
  - k/r - back later  defendandprotect   Jan-30-11 09:14 AM   #5 
  - No later than March 1st  hlthe2b   Jan-30-11 09:22 AM   #6 
  - I'd be honored to write in your support and in a way the support of many others run over  TheKentuckian   Jan-30-11 09:24 AM   #7 
  - Here's a little background on my professional work before the "troubles"  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 09:25 AM   #8 
  - I will note these things in my letter to the WH.  truedelphi   Jan-30-11 03:45 PM   #58 
  - trying to write a letter now  northernlights   Jan-30-11 06:24 PM   #78 
  - Thanks for the letter and the editorial restraint.  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 06:46 PM   #80 
  - Kick!  lonestarnot   Jan-31-11 08:27 AM   #100 
  - Done  BanzaiBonnie   Jan-30-11 09:28 AM   #9 
  - K&R. I will absolutely do this within the next 24 hours.  OneGrassRoot   Jan-30-11 09:45 AM   #10 
  - Best of luck  somone   Jan-30-11 10:00 AM   #11 
  - I'll do what I can Dr. Bernie.  CrownPrinceBandar   Jan-30-11 10:05 AM   #12 
  - k and r  nashville_brook   Jan-30-11 10:07 AM   #13 
  - K&R n/t  JohnyCanuck   Jan-30-11 10:14 AM   #14 
  - k and r  RainDog   Jan-30-11 10:16 AM   #15 
  - K&R. nt  OnyxCollie   Jan-30-11 10:22 AM   #16 
  - During the 3 years between the raid and my entering a federal Bureau of Prisons halfway house, ...  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 10:34 AM   #17 
  - K & R  democrank   Jan-30-11 10:55 AM   #18 
  - Wishing you the best...  CanSocDem   Jan-30-11 10:55 AM   #19 
  - K&R -- Penning (typing!) my letter to Obama now! We're with  gateley   Jan-30-11 11:01 AM   #20 
  - Yes, just send your letter to me.  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 12:04 PM   #31 
     - Got it! nt  gateley   Jan-30-11 12:17 PM   #32 
  - K&R! If you can write Bernie a letter, Please do!  Melissa G   Jan-30-11 11:16 AM   #21 
  - My election reform work (thanks, Melissa)  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 12:35 PM   #35 
  - K&R  Odin2005   Jan-30-11 11:19 AM   #22 
  - War criminals get a pass but 1 conviction and ya can't work or rent a place  upi402   Jan-30-11 11:22 AM   #23 
  - Yes I will  madokie   Jan-30-11 11:23 AM   #24 
  - You could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.  Gregorian   Jan-30-11 11:40 AM   #25 
  - Will do whatever I can..  BrklynLiberal   Jan-30-11 11:50 AM   #26 
  - K&R  Doremus   Jan-30-11 11:51 AM   #27 
  - Need some guidance ....  shireen   Jan-30-11 11:53 AM   #28 
  - For my criminal and civil asset forfeiture cases, almost 300 letters were submitted to the court.  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 12:53 PM   #38 
     - thanks, Fly!  shireen   Jan-31-11 09:55 AM   #103 
     - The last letter got cut short by mistake. Here's the rest of the story.  Fly by night   Jan-31-11 10:02 AM   #104 
  - k, r, and putting it on my list of tasks to accomplish this week. nt  LWolf   Jan-30-11 12:03 PM   #29 
  - K&R n/t  Cetacea   Jan-30-11 12:04 PM   #30 
  - consider it done, my friend.  roguevalley   Jan-30-11 12:36 PM   #36 
  - K&R! n/t  Lugnut   Jan-30-11 12:19 PM   #33 
  - Absolutely will do if for you Bernie!  sonias   Jan-30-11 12:21 PM   #34 
  - A most special recommendation.  Kaleko   Jan-30-11 12:39 PM   #37 
  - You have done, great work.......  jdadd   Jan-30-11 12:53 PM   #39 
  - k  emilyg   Jan-30-11 12:56 PM   #40 
  - KNR and I wish you success. 105th Rec!  leveymg   Jan-30-11 01:08 PM   #41 
  - Sounds like a good plan.  EFerrari   Jan-30-11 01:10 PM   #42 
  - If a Presidential pardon sounds like a good ending to a book, it might be (with your help).  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 01:37 PM   #43 
  - I can only KICK this thread- any 'Letter of Support' I write would be a strike against you.  Richard Steele   Jan-30-11 01:39 PM   #44 
  - Me too. God Bless you Baby! n/t  Mojeoux   Jan-31-11 03:23 AM   #96 
  - K&R  me b zola   Jan-30-11 01:40 PM   #45 
  - K&R bookmarked  underpants   Jan-30-11 01:49 PM   #46 
  - I will gladly write a letter,  bleever   Jan-30-11 01:52 PM   #47 
  - Will do! I'm in awe, total awe. K&R (nt)  tpsbmam   Jan-30-11 01:55 PM   #48 
  - You got it, Bernie  Tsiyu   Jan-30-11 02:11 PM   #49 
  - Would we submitting a letter of recommendation that requires a notarized  Stardust   Jan-30-11 02:13 PM   #50 
  - Yes. All letters submitted with my pardon application must be notarized ...  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 02:28 PM   #51 
     - I just want to make sure I do this correctly - do I bring the finished UNSIGNED letter to the notary  scarletwoman   Jan-30-11 06:03 PM   #70 
        - Yes, that should do it. Thanks kindly.  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 06:24 PM   #77 
  - K&R! nt  Enthusiast   Jan-30-11 03:01 PM   #52 
  - K&R  onestepforward   Jan-30-11 03:27 PM   #53 
  - K & R x 1000  orbitalman   Jan-30-11 03:29 PM   #54 
  - I will do this  slay   Jan-30-11 03:31 PM   #55 
  - consider it done.  unapatriciated   Jan-30-11 03:41 PM   #56 
  - In describing how you "know" me (if you are writing a letter), I wouldn't hesitate ...  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 03:43 PM   #57 
  - Recommended.  H2O Man   Jan-30-11 03:49 PM   #59 
  - K&R ! //nt  Overseas   Jan-30-11 03:58 PM   #60 
  - K&R. nt  DesertFlower   Jan-30-11 04:03 PM   #61 
  - K&R  midnight   Jan-30-11 04:17 PM   #62 
  - I Wish You The Best Of Luck My Friend!!!  Corey_Baker08   Jan-30-11 04:40 PM   #63 
  - Anything you need, Bernie. Will get a letter out this week. Excellent idea!  Mnemosyne   Jan-30-11 05:00 PM   #64 
  - Surely our government has destroyed countless more lives than the aggregate harm caused by  indepat   Jan-30-11 05:14 PM   #65 
  - Good luck to you  lillypaddle   Jan-30-11 05:24 PM   #66 
  - Best of luck. K&R n/t  Duval   Jan-30-11 05:25 PM   #67 
  - K&R!  Kajsa   Jan-30-11 05:57 PM   #68 
  - K&R! n/t  Poll_Blind   Jan-30-11 06:00 PM   #69 
  - K&R  Canuckistanian   Jan-30-11 06:10 PM   #71 
  - A hearty K&R. You have done much for us here in TN, it's our turn.  johnaries   Jan-30-11 06:11 PM   #72 
  - rec  handmade34   Jan-30-11 06:14 PM   #73 
  - K&R  AzDar   Jan-30-11 06:17 PM   #74 
  - K & R  Better Believe It   Jan-30-11 06:19 PM   #75 
  - From Santa Fe, NM much support. nt  SourFlower   Jan-30-11 06:23 PM   #76 
  - Thanks kindly, from Santa Fe, TN  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 06:50 PM   #82 
  - K&R  leftstreet   Jan-30-11 06:34 PM   #79 
  - How much money you got?  DissedByBush   Jan-30-11 06:48 PM   #81 
  - ... a lot less than I used to.  Fly by night   Jan-30-11 06:52 PM   #83 
  - Best of luck  DissedByBush   Jan-30-11 07:00 PM   #84 
  - I didn't know their was a price on pardons? But I guess it would make sense in the world of  midnight   Feb-04-11 06:23 PM   #137 
  - K&R! n/t  Catherina   Jan-30-11 07:31 PM   #85 
  - I will do what I can  JitterbugPerfume   Jan-30-11 07:43 PM   #86 
  - K&R  amborin   Jan-30-11 07:43 PM   #87 
  - Count me in, Fly! I'd be proud to write such a letter for you!  loudsue   Jan-30-11 07:51 PM   #88 
  - K&R  DesertRat   Jan-30-11 09:24 PM   #89 
  - I am writing now.  babydollhead   Jan-30-11 09:29 PM   #90 
  - K&R! You can count on me and I'll be passing this on...  Rhiannon12866   Jan-30-11 10:50 PM   #91 
  - k&r and best of luck. nm  rhett o rick   Jan-30-11 11:17 PM   #92 
  - I think that's a gret idea, but as you pointed out, it's easier  sabrina 1   Jan-31-11 12:57 AM   #93 
  - K&R  pengillian101   Jan-31-11 01:19 AM   #94 
  - Recommended.  Heidi   Jan-31-11 02:23 AM   #95 
  - KNR!  indimuse   Jan-31-11 03:42 AM   #97 
  - K & R, I wish you well, good Luck!  Tripod   Jan-31-11 05:14 AM   #98 
  - K&R - Good luck!  secondwind   Jan-31-11 07:01 AM   #99 
  - My deepest appreciation to DU (and DUers) for your support.  Fly by night   Jan-31-11 08:50 AM   #101 
  - Kickin' for Fly...  blm   Jan-31-11 09:03 AM   #102 
  - I've been away the last couple of days but if I could recommend this thread, I would.  Uncle Joe   Jan-31-11 10:08 AM   #105 
  - Thanks, Uncle Joe. Much appreciated.  Fly by night   Jan-31-11 10:22 AM   #106 
     - I do as well, Fly by night and I hope that Tennessee wakes up to the total loss  Uncle Joe   Jan-31-11 10:28 AM   #107 
  - K/R  defendandprotect   Jan-31-11 10:33 AM   #108 
  - Too late to Rec, but happy to kick this over the moon.  Ignis   Jan-31-11 11:41 AM   #109 
  - Will do.  Mimosa   Jan-31-11 11:59 AM   #110 
  - I fully support Dr. Bernie and his work--  librechik   Jan-31-11 12:14 PM   #111 
  - I would be honored to help.  myrna minx   Jan-31-11 12:44 PM   #112 
  - I got you!!!!  mstinamotorcity   Jan-31-11 03:59 PM   #113 
  - When it comes to medical marijuana, Michigan would be a good move.  Fly by night   Feb-01-11 04:53 AM   #116 
  - kick  Swamp Rat   Jan-31-11 09:37 PM   #114 
  - kr  Norrin Radd   Feb-01-11 02:56 AM   #115 
  - Bernie, can you (or a friend) please set up a Facebook page?  Mimosa   Feb-01-11 05:41 AM   #117 
  - Facebook doesn't work on my computer and I don't want letters from folks who don't know me.  Fly by night   Feb-01-11 07:09 AM   #118 
     - You're right. *smile*  Mimosa   Feb-01-11 12:24 PM   #120 
  - Giving you a kick for visibility. Good luck!! n/t  InvisibleTouch   Feb-01-11 11:32 AM   #119 
  - Best of Luck, and I wish you success. n/t  msanthrope   Feb-01-11 12:29 PM   #121 
  - Would having the conviction vacated or expunged be a lot more "doable"? ...  Unrepentant Fenian   Feb-01-11 12:43 PM   #122 
  - I'm not sure what you suggest is an option since ....  Fly by night   Feb-01-11 01:49 PM   #123 
     - In addition to governors, legislators and state Dem Party chairs, it looks like ...  Fly by night   Feb-01-11 02:01 PM   #124 
  - ttt  Blue_Tires   Feb-01-11 03:03 PM   #125 
  - K&R  nmbluesky   Feb-01-11 04:51 PM   #126 
  - Just received the first draft letter from a DUer  Fly by night   Feb-01-11 05:35 PM   #127 
  - K&R  G_j   Feb-02-11 12:49 PM   #128 
  - Letters are beginning to arrive. They are coming from all quarters, including ...  Fly by night   Feb-03-11 07:27 AM   #129 
  - Met with Tennessee legislative staff today. May get 10-15 letters from House members ...  Fly by night   Feb-03-11 06:25 PM   #130 
  - k&r ....  spanone   Feb-03-11 06:30 PM   #131 
  - K & R  AuntPatsy   Feb-04-11 12:13 AM   #132 
  - Too late to Rec.  LAGC   Feb-04-11 01:40 AM   #133 
  - Sorry too late to K&R  readmoreoften   Feb-04-11 01:53 AM   #134 
  - At 3:30 am this morning, I found my first commitment letter from a 2008 Presidential candidate ...  Fly by night   Feb-04-11 01:30 PM   #135 
  - Kick and add link for Tennesseans  Tsiyu   Feb-04-11 02:52 PM   #136 
  - i just posted about the excellent interview in the Justice forum. link:  nofurylike   Feb-06-11 04:41 AM   #138 

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