States teaming with industry to train workers, the debate over Voter ID, Common Core standards in the states, the benefits of big data and much more are explored in this month's issue.
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Complete Report (48-page PDF)
Chemicals are everywhere in our environment—in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the foods we consume, and the products we use every day. Biomonitoring is the science of measuring what chemicals make their way into the human body and at what levels. It is an important step in understanding chemical exposures and measuring their potential health effects.
Policymakers can use biomonitoring information to identify at-risk communities, target resources to areas of need, and assess whether existing public health programs are effectively reducing citizens’ chemical exposures.
A number of choices must be made by state legislatures that are interested in establishing statewide or community-based biomonitoring programs. This report outlines these policy options, including program design and focus; protocols for data collection and use; community participation and outreach; partnerships; and determining how to leverage existing resources and strengthen laboratory infrastructure. The report also contains examples of state biomonitoring statutes and legislation, including legislative definitions of key terms.
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