Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, November 2018

Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:45pm
Richmond, CA

California Department of Public Health, Richmond Campus


Biomonitoring California
Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting

California Department of Public Health, Richmond Campus Auditorium
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA
Important information for visitors
Shuttle from BART (sign up by 11:30 am on November 7 at this link)

November 8, 2018: 10:30 am – 4:45 pm
Join the meeting via webinar, using WebEx, by following the instructions below
All times shown below are approximate and subject to change

Welcome and Panel Business
        Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Overview of the Meeting
        Meg Schwarzman, M.D., Chair, Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP)

Program Update (~10:45 am)
        Presentation:  Nerissa Wu, Ph.D., M.P.H., California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
        Panel Questions
        Public Comment
        Panel Discussion

Community Exposures to Metals – Findings from the Biomonitoring Exposures Study (BEST) and the Asian/Pacific Islander Community Exposures (ACE) Project
        Presentation: Jennifer Mann, Ph.D., CDPH (~11:40 am)
        Panel and Audience Questions
        Presentation: Lauren Baehner, M.P.H., CDPH (~12:15 pm)
        Panel and Audience Questions and Discussion
        Background Materials:
          Project pages:  Pilot BEST, Expanded BEST, ACE 1 and ACE 2
          ACE 2 Questionnaire
          ACE 2 Questionnaire Pictures
          ACE 2 Mock Results Packet
          Follow-up survey for elevated arsenic
          Follow-up survey for elevated mercury

Letter of Support for Biomonitoring California from SGP (~1:20 pm)
        Signed Letter of Support

Lunch (~1:25 pm)

Community Exposures to Metals – Perspectives from County Health Departments
Introduction to Session: Dr. Schwarzman (~2:30 pm)
        Guest Discussant Remarks
           Presentation: Katie Butler, M.P.H., D.A.B.T., Senior Staff Analyst,
             Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
           Sara Cody, M.D., Health Officer, Santa Clara County
           Presentation: Karen Cohn, M.S., C.I.H., Program Manager, Children's Environmental
             Health Promotion Program, San Francisco Department of Public Health
        Panel and Audience Questions (~3:10 pm)

Break  (~3:20 pm)

Afternoon Session – Panel Discussion and Public Comment (~3:35 pm)
        Panel Discussion and Public Comment
        Brief Summary and Next Steps – Dr. Zeise

Possible Topics for 2019 SGP Meetings and Open Public Comment (~4:30 pm)
        Presentation: OEHHA
        Open Public Comment

Wrap-up and Adjournment – Dr. Schwarzman


Join the meeting via webinar

Meeting identification number (access code): 928 678 229
Meeting password: 1234

You will have the option to use computer audio or join the audio by phone.
If you wish to access the audio by phone, call 1-240-454-0887 United States Toll (San Jose).
Access code: 928 678 229

Having trouble using WebEx to join the meeting? (link is external)

NOTICE OF WEBINAR RECORDING: We will be recording the WebEx session, which will capture the audio feed and materials displayed during the SGP meeting. As a participant in the webinar, you will be joining in “listen only” mode.  By joining this WebEx session, you consent to the recording of the meeting.


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General participation information

Members of the public and representatives of organizations are invited to participate in the SGP meeting in person or via webinar.  Public comments may be subject to time limits.

If you would like to submit materials relevant to an agenda topic, send a copy to or by mail to Biomonitoring California (c/o OEHHA, 1515 Clay St, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612).  Relevant materials will be made available to the SGP.

Biomonitoring California complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  If you have special accommodation or language needs, contact the program at or (510) 622-3190. TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech users dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service.  If possible, contact us at least five days before the meeting so we can ensure that the necessary staff or equipment will be available for you at the meeting.

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