State Biomonitoring Grants

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have collectively developed and implemented the Biomonitoring California Programexternal icon.

Two state laboratories, the CDPH Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL) and the DTSC Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (ECL), provide analytical expertise and capacity for measuring environmental chemicals; these include metals, pesticides, parabens, perchlorate, bisphenol A (BPA), per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and organophosphate flame-retardants (OPFRs).

The Biomonitoring California program has received funding from CDC over the last ten years to assess environmental contaminants across the state. The current funding cycle includes these studies:

  • The Biomonitoring Exposures Study (BEST), a targeted study in partnership with the Kaiser Permanente-Northern California members (residing in the Central Valley), which assesses exposure to pesticides, PFAS, phthalates, PBDEs, BPA, and metals
  • The Foam Replacement Environmental Exposure Study (FREES), which compares the levels of PBDEs and OPFRs in participants before and after foam furniture replacement
  • The Asian/Pacific Islander Community Exposures (ACE) Project, which assesses exposure to metals and PFAS in 200 Asian residents of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • The Measuring Analytes in Maternal Serum (MAMAS), which assesses exposure to metals, PFAS, PBDEs, PCBS, and OCPs during pregnancy using archived maternal serum specimens
  • The California Regional Exposure Study (CARE), which assesses exposure to metals and PFAS with regionally representative sampling across the entire state of California

CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences awarded CDPH, $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 for the biomonitoring program.


Nerissa Wu, Ph.D.
Program Lead
Phone: 510-620-3666

Kristin Dortch, MS
CDC Project Officer

Page last reviewed: April 7, 2017