Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, November 2020

Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:30pm


Biomonitoring California
Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting
November 12, 2020: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This meeting will be held by webinar.
To access the webinar, follow these instructions
All times shown below are approximate and subject to change.

        Lauren Zeise, PhD, Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Overview of the Meeting
        Meg Schwarzman, MD, MPH, Chair, Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP)

AB 617 Biomonitoring Update: Biomarker Research and Potential Study Designs (~10:10 am)
        Background document:   Selected references related to AB 617 biomonitoring
        Presentation: Susan Hurley, MPH and Julia Varshavsky, PhD, OEHHA
        Panel Questions
        Public Comment
        Panel Discussion and Input

Program Update and Overview of Biomonitoring Surveillance Issues (~11:20 am)
        Background reference:   Public Health Surveillance Systems:  Recent Advances in Their Use and Evaluation
        Presentation: Nerissa Wu, PhD, California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
        Panel and Audience Questions

Lunch (~12 pm)

 Afternoon Session:  Challenges in Biomonitoring Surveillance Studies

 Response Rates for Population-Based Surveys (~1 pm)
        Presentation: Brian Wells, PhD, California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
        Panel and Audience Questions

 Remarks from Other State Biomonitoring Programs (~1:45 pm)
        Presentation: Amanda Cosser, MPH, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
        Panel and Audience Questions
        Presentation: Rachel Long, MSPH, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
        Panel and Audience Questions
        Presentation: Jessica Nelson, PhD, MPH, Minnesota Department of Health
        Panel and Audience Questions

 Break (~2:45 pm)

 Afternoon Discussion Session (~3 pm)
        Introduction: Nerissa Wu, PhD, CDPH
        Discussion: Panel, Guest Speakers, and Audience

 Possible Topics for 2021 SGP Meetings (~4 pm)
        Presentation: Sara Hoover, MS, OEHHA
        Panel and Public Comment

Open Public Comment (~4:15 pm)

Wrap-up and Adjournment (by 4:30 pm)


Webinar Instructions

This meeting will be held via GoToWebinar.   Please be sure to join the webinar at least 5 minutes before the 10:00 am meeting start time. You can register as an attendee at this link:

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If you are a speaker or SGP member, please do not register using this link. You will receive your own link for joining the webinar. 

Meeting Participation and Comment

The order of items on the agenda is subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.

Members of the public and representatives of organizations are invited to participate in the SGP meeting via the webinar. To ensure that the meeting proceeds on schedule and all commenters have the opportunity to speak, public comments may be subject to time limits. Comments on an agenda item can be submitted through the webinar platform during the meeting, or sent to

If you have written materials about an agenda item that you would like to submit, please send an electronic copy to Relevant materials will be distributed to the SGP.

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