The California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (also known as Biomonitoring California) is a collaborate effort of three departments in two State agencies: The California Department of Public Health and California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The overall goals of Biomonitoring California include: evaluating biological levels of environmental chemicals in California residents, track trends of these levels over time, and evaluate the effectiveness of public health efforts to mitigate and manage chemical exposures within the state.
The Scientific Guidance Panel is a section within this program made up of a number of experts in the field from outside of the state government. The key roles of the panel include: making recommendations to the design and implementation of the Biomonitoring California program, including setting which chemicals are a priority to address within California, and to provide a scientific peer review for the research conducted within the program. The Scientific Guidance Panel is made up of nine members. Five of the members are appointed by the Governor, and two members each are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Rules Committee of the California Legislature. To be considered for an appointment, individuals must have expertise in at least one of the following areas: Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental medicine, risk analysis, exposure assessment, developmental biology, laboratory science, bioethics, maternal and child health (specialty in breastfeeding), and toxicology.
Eunha Hoh, Professor of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at SDSU, was recently appointed as a new member to the Scientific Guidance Panel by the speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, in September, 2018. Her primary research focus is the investigation of diverse environmental pollutants and their impact on human health and ocean health. Her research includes discovery of novel environmental contaminants, behaviors of environmental contaminants in various settings, and human exposure assessment. In addition, Penelope (Jenny) Quintana, Professor of Environmental Health in the same school, has been serving the Scientific Guidance Panel as a member as well since 2013. Dr. Quintana was appointed by Governor Brown.