Biomonitoring is the testing of human biospecimens, such as blood, urine, breast milk or fatty tissue, for the presence of toxic chemicals. By using biomonitoring and combining it with air monitoring, we can demonstrate the source of exposure and identify clear targets for where exposure should be reduced.
In this study, Tulare Count, Calif., residents monitored the air at homes situated near orange groves where the pesticide chlorpyrifos had been used. In addition to the air samples, urine samples from 34 participants were analyzed for chlorpyrifos metabolite.
The California Environmental Contaminants Biomonitoring Program—the first of its kind in the United States—will be implemented based on the results of this study. Unlike most biomonitoring studies reporting only summary data, this project (and the state’s program) offers individuals their test results. Project evaluation will analyze the effectiveness of results communication and community organizing in engaging residents in advocating for better health protections.
- 1. Developing Policies to Address Oral Health Issues in California Schools
- 2. Developing a Community Scorecard to Chronicle Public Health Disparities in South Los Angeles
- 3. Developing a Model Program for Integrating Tribal Public Health into the Multijursidictional Public Health System for Infectious Diseases
- 4. Integrating Health Impact Assessments into the Federal Environmental Impact Process with a Focus on Alaska Native Communities
- 5. Voices for Change: A Social Action Campaign to Restore the Health and Safety of Residents of the Westside of San Bernardino County, California
- 6. Threats of Litigation Against Proposed Public Health Laws
- 7. Using Health Impact Assessment
- 8. Identifying Effective Catalysts for Action Toward Community Health Improvement in Underserved Communities in Wisconsin
- 9. Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Alcohol Taxes/Prices on Drinking, Morbidity and Mortality
- 10. Using Biomonitoring and Air Monitoring in a Study at Tulare County to Implement a New California Public Health Law on Exposure to Environmental Toxicants
- 11. Advancing Health Equity by Institutionalizing the Role of Local Health Departments in Decisions Affecting the Built Environment
- 12. Expanding the Ability of Practitioners and Scholars to Assess Law as a Tool to Improve Public Health
- 13. Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food