10th Anniversary

Logo showing 10th anniversary of Biomonitoring California

Top Accomplishments - First 10 Years

 

Some of Biomonitoring California’s top accomplishments during our first 10 years are listed below.  We presented these at our March 8, 2017 10th anniversary celebration.  We are preparing a brief report that will provide more information on each of these accomplishments. 

  • Established a nationally recognized biomonitoring program

  • Developed laboratory capability for measuring close to 200 chemicals

  • Integrated the Scientific Guidance Panel’s recommendations in developing and implementing a scientifically robust biomonitoring program

  • Conducted 20 biomonitoring studies with 30 collaborators

  • Discovered elevated chemical exposures in at-risk populations

  • Advanced the field of biomonitoring results return

  • Demonstrated the effectiveness of public health efforts to reduce chemical exposures

  • Empowered people to make informed decisions about reducing chemical exposures

  • Promoted transparency and collaboration by sharing study findings, practical knowledge, and program activities through our website

  • Identified emerging chemicals to provide early warning of new environmental hazards in California

10th Anniversary Celebration

A photo of a young woman speaking to an audience and a second photo of a Panel member speaking with a slide behind her

A celebration of Biomonitoring California's 10 year anniversary was held on March 8, 2017 (immediately following the Scientific Guidance Panel meeting) in the CalEPA Building in Sacramento.

Activities:

  • Brief welcoming remarks
    • Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
    • Matt Rodriquez, J.D., Secretary for Environmental Protection, State of California
    • Mark Starr, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Deputy Director for Environmental Health, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    • Barbara Lee, Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
  • Highlights of Biomonitoring California's top accomplishments
  • Special guest speakers:
  • Biomonitoring California video
  • Reception with light refreshments

Panel members and audience listening to a speaker at podium, image on screen behind speaker shows a woman in firefighting equipment; second image shows audience at same event

Background

Program Created by Legislation Passed in 2006 

Biomonitoring California was established by Senate Bill 1379, which was passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 29, 2006.

Group of supporters around Governor signing the bill

In creating this innovative new program, the Legislature laid out key public health goals that biomonitoring data will support:

  • Identify highly exposed communities
  • Explore linkages between chemical exposures and specific health outcomes
  • Inform health responses to unanticipated emergency exposures
  • Assess the effectiveness of current regulations, and set priorities for reform.

More than 7000 Californians Biomonitored

To achieve these goals, Biomonitoring California has so far undertaken 5 full project collaborations and 15 laboratory collaborations. Collectively, these studies include more than 7,000 participants from a wide range of California populations. These regional and targeted projects have established a strong foundation for our upcoming launch of a statewide study, which will begin in Los Angeles County in 2018.

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