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Final Report

Report Brief

Related Materials

Background Information

SB 702 Expert Working Group on Environmental Health Tracking


Streaming Video

Videos of Senate Bill 702 Expert Working Group members at the press release in Sacramento. Click here to see a menu of video options >>

Of Special Interest

Evaluation Report of the Senate Bill 702 Expert Working Group Process and Initial Outcomes: this evaluation assessed the SB 702 report development process and the initial impact of the SB 702 report on efforts to establish an environmental health surveillance system in California.

 SB702 Evaluation Report

Related Legislation

Senate Bill 849 (Escutia)

Senate Bill 189 (Escutia) - Chapter 407, Statutes of 2003

Senator Martha Escutia's Homepage

Official California Legislative Information

Supporting Documents

In order to support the work of the SB 702 Expert Working Group, we identified 48 existing relevant hazard, exposure, and health surveillance databases.  The document below includes brief descriptions of each database along with strengths and weaknesses.

The inventory is not meant to be exhaustive and the information is likely to change as the data systems continue evolving.  We intend to periodically revise this document as new information becomes available.  Programs responsible for individual data system are encouraged to provide updated information to ensure the accuracy of this document.

A Description of Selected Health and Environmental Data Systems in California

Public Comments

We would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations that provided valuable comments on the SB702 Draft Report.

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Meeting Materials

Materials from the SB702 Working Group meetings:

Meeting 5 (July 16/17, 2003)

Meeting 4 (May 21/22, 2003)

Meeting 3 (March 19/20, 2003)

Meeting 2 (Dec 18/19, 2002)

Meeting 1 (Oct 17, 2002)

Case Studies

Several community-based organizations have presented their perspectives on Environmental Health Tracking to the SB 702 Expert Working Group.  Below are summaries of their presentations.

EIP - Indicators Project

EIP - Diesel Study

Pacoima Beautiful

Healthy Homes Collaborative


Final Report

Full Report (850 KB)

California Policy Research Center Policy Brief



Related Materials:

Press Release (CPRC)

Press Release (Senator Escutia)

Statement from Senator Escutia

Statement from Joyce Lashof (Chair)

Statement from Joseph Lyou

Expert Working Group Member Bios

Key Messages

Senate Bill 702 (Escutia) - Chapter 538, Statutes of 2001

Summary for Legislators

Frequently Asked Questions


In October 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed the California Senate Bill 702 (Chapter 538, Statutes of 2001).  This bill made California the first state in the nation to begin planning a statewide environmental health tracking network for chronic diseases and environmental hazards and exposures in order to monitor trends in health conditions, such as asthma, cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, and neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, which have suspected links to environmental exposures.

SB 702 Expert Working Group

SB702 required the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), in consultation with the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) and the University of California, to establish an Expert Working Groupcharged with recommending various approaches and costs to the legislature for developing an Environmental Health Surveillance System.  As mandated by SB702, these experts have knowledge of the "sensitivity and exposure of children, women of child-bearing age, seniors, and disparately affected populations to environmental hazards."


The California Wellness Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have funded the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, along with its partners, Cal/EPA, and the University of California, to conduct a series of Expert Working Group meetings.



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