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EHIB is organized into  administrative units, called "Sections". They are the Community Participation and Education Section , Exposure Assessment Section , Environmental Epidemiology Section , Site Assessment Section , and the Support Services Section .

  • Community Participation and Education Section  (CPES)


    The Community Participation and Education Section (CPES) is the center for Branch expertise in public participation, outreach and education. CPES guides Branch activities to ensure that they respond to communities' environmental health concerns, foster partnership, address priority issues, and instill accountability. CPES provides training in risk communication and other topics, develop environmental health education materials, including fact sheets and curricula, facilitate public forums, serve as a liaison between communities and government agencies, and collaborate with researchers on study development and design.

    Staff: Bindi GandhiSara HicksScott KesslerDeanna RossiLauren Wohl-SanchezMichelle Wong

  • Environmental Epidemiology Section  (EES)


    The Environmental Epidemiology Section (EES) conducts large-scale studies of patterns of disease and exposure. These may arise from follow up of urgent health investigations, in response to public concerns about environmental hazards and their relationship to chronic disease or adverse reproductive outcomes, or to address emerging issues identified by the scientific community that may affect Californians. EES also conducts disease surveillance as appropriate. Integral to these studies is the Branch Geographic Information System, a resource for computer mapping of health and exposure data.

    Staff: Meredith AndersonDina DobracaAngela DrakeCathyn FanLiang GuoSumi HoshikoLauren JoeMarty Kharrazi (Chief), Galatea KingMeredith MiletSusan PaulukonisEric RobertsKaren SmithJhaqueline Valle PalominosRobert VossGayle WindhamSuzanne Wittwer

  • Exposure Assessment Section  (EAS)


    The Exposure Assessment Section (EAS) evaluates how people may come into contact with environmental hazards (chemical, biological or physical agents), how the exposures may affect their health, and how these exposures may be reduced. This work may include studies specific to a particular location or incident or may address more widespread exposures. With staff expertise in medicine, veterinary medicine, nutrition, toxicology, environmental and human biological monitoring, EAS provides technical consultation to other sections in the Department, other state agencies, local health departments and the public related to environmental health issues. EAS works with CPES to develop educational materials and outreach programs to inform Californians about measures that may reduce exposure to environmental hazards. EAS also coordinates with other state and local agencies to assure disaster preparedness and protection of the public from chemical spills and releases, nuclear power plant incidents or other environmental emergencies.

    Staff: Robin ChristensenLori CopanLaura FensterJeff FowlesGabriela PasatAlyce UjiharaNerissa Wu

  • Site Assessment Section  (SAS)


    The Site Assessment Section (SAS) assists communities and agencies in addressing health concerns related to hazardous waste sites and active industrial facilities. If current exposure exists, SAS works with agencies to reduce or eliminate the exposure. If sufficient exposure is or has occurred, SAS may undertake a health study to evaluate the impact of the exposure. All work is conducted in collaboration with the affected community. The section has expertise in exposure assessment including biological monitoring, toxicology and risk assessment, small-area epidemiology, community participation, and health education. SAS is funded to enhance the Branch's environmental health capacity through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The documents that SAS produces, public health assessments and health consultations, are published by the DHHS Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Staff: Russell BartlettArmando Chévez Danny KwonNancy PalateGabriele Windgasse (Chief)

    Topics: Lago NacimientoLake NacimientoBorder RegionPrivate Wells

  • Support Services Section  (SSS)


    The Support Services Section (SSS) provides to the Branch administrative support in the areas of contracts, financial matters, personnel, project planning, time accounting, and space management. Other support is offered in areas of clerical services and data processing, including software, hardware, network, and mapping.

    Staff: Judith Balmin (Chief), Danielle BoykinKathy ElliottSusan RoyoKira SchneiderLatasha SpeechAlexa Wilkie