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
- 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:
- Maritza Cárdenas, HERMOSA youth participant / researcher
- Captain Jeanine Nicholson, San Francisco Fire Department, and Board Member, San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation
- Biomonitoring California video
- Reception with light refreshments
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.
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.