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The Bayview Hunters Point Community in Southeast San Francisco arose historically as an outgrowth of post World War II reseach & development and shipbuilding activities at the Hunters Point Shipyard — a federal Superfund site.

On July 2, 2019 the Scientific Committee of the Hunters Point Biomonitoring Program launched the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for oversight, design and control of a community led effort to institute a screening, referral and investigational project for residents living adjacent to the Superfund site at the Hunters Point Shipyard.

The Meet & Greet occurred on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019 at Radio Africa & Kitchen. An inspirational gathering of community leaders, environmental health and justice advocates, medical scientists, technical experts and shipyard workers came together to express a united voice in supporting the need for the nations first biomonitoring program implemented to screen residents and workers on and adjacent to a federal Superfund site.

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Zhu Jin (l) UC Berkeley film maker and Michelle Pierce — Executive Director Bayview Advocates and Scientific Committee HP Biomonitoring Program
Marya Rupa, MD — UCSF Assistant Professor and leader HP Biomonitoring Program with SF Bayview Editor Mary Ratcliff (l), Shipyard homeowner, business leader and CCSF commissioner Linda Parker Pennington, Anne Marie Charlesworth — Director UCSF Environmental Health Initiative, Karen Pierce — Bayview Resident, Environmental Health Expert, SFDPH
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Derek Toliver (l) Bayview homeowner, former shipyard worker and medical technology expert talks with high school friend and former Bayview resident Mark Alexander, Ph.d — retired UCSF epidemiologist and member HP Biomonitoring Scientific Committee
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“Like an angel”…is how Jennifer Campbell was described by observers as she expressed her heartfelt concern for the life threatening ordeal HP Biomonitoring patient Terry Beasley experienced after being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2018. Beasley is a Bayview homeowner and non smoker who works in a polluted recycling plant on Pier 96 adjacent to the Hunters Point Shipyard.
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Trucking along on the “Toxic Tour” of the federally designated Superfund site at the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Biomonitoring measures pollution in people and the new science of biomonitoring offers insight into the “body burden” of toxic chemicals you may have hiding in your body if you have been exposed to chemical toxins where you live, work or play!

Toxic chemical exposures affect energy levels, cognitive and reproductive function and overall life expectancy. Exposure to toxins like lead, mercury, arsenic and radionuclides known to be present at the Hunters Point Shipyard and polluting industries concentrated in heavily industrialized southeast San Francisco, heighten risk for cancer, autoimmune and neurological diseases, cardiopulmonary, metabolic and degenerative diseases.

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Unprotected shipyard worker exposed to piles of toxic soil and airborne dust.

Many people ask why would I want to know what dangerous chemicals may be hiding in my body? Many people prefer not to know! Silent killer diseases like HIV, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and glaucoma often go undetected because people do not seek medical care for vague but suspicious symptoms of preventable conditions. For the vast majority of people who have a stroke the first symptom is the stroke. Simple interventions including community education, nutrition optimization and exposure mitigation can reduce the incidence of environmental diseases.

In Bayview Hunters Point many people have symptoms of chronic exposure to toxic air contaminants like particulates that cause interstitial and fibrotic lung diseases the San Francisco Department of Public Health does not track in it’s 94124 disease surveillance.

Community scientists demand DPH expand its categories of cardiopulmonary disease to include interstitial and fibrotic lung diseases caused by progressive scarring of lung tissue. The lack of lung elasticity seen in these “restrictive” lung diseases affect the ability to breathe and get oxygen into the bloodstream. Interstitial lung disease can be caused by long term exposure to hazardous materials like asbestos.

My father, George Donald Porter, died prematurely of pulmonary asbestosis and endocrine disorders after a career as a longshore worker at the Hunters Point Shipyard and Silver Terrace homeowner. I was a physician specialist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health in 1992 when I discovered my father dead and obtained his medical record that included chest xray findings of interstitial lung disease due to asbestosis.

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Circa 1960 George Donald Porter (right) and George Carter (left) Longshore walking bosses Hunters Point Shipyard

Marie Harrison was crowned “The Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement in Bayview Hunters Point” by the SF Bayview Newspaper following her death on May 5, 2019 due to a chronic progressive lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) caused by exposure to numerous toxic air contaminants documented in air monitoring studies conducted in southeast San Francisco.

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Marie Harrison -the “Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement”- receives commendation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Harrison died on May 5, 2019 after a protracted battle with a rare fibrotic lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. This type of lung disease is seen in 911 responders to the toxic dust generated by the explosive volatilization of the World Trade Centers.

Like many interstitial lung diseases, IPF may not show up on chest xray and is often confused with asthma, COPD and congestive heart failure. Patients may present with feelings of fatigue, shortness of breath and a chronic cough that does not produce sputum.

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EPA maps over 20 tons of particulate matter (PM) emissions in the 94124 zipcode. PM is made of tiny particles that get into your lungs and harm your health. These particles include solid or liquids in air, dust and dirt, volatilized chemicals, radionuclides and allergens as well as smoke and soot. Exposure to PM has been shown to cause premature death, hypertension and heart attacks, irregular heart beat, decreased lung function and difficulty breathing.

The Marie Harrison Bayview Air Monitoring Network will install particulate air monitors in 10 community locations to be determined by the MHBAM steering committee in collaboration with residents and technical experts. Funded by the California Air Resources Board, this network will provide local, real-time air quality information for Bayview Hunters Point residents to take action and protect their health from threatening exposures.

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In Imperial County, California asthma incidence and hospitalizations decreased after implementation of a community air monitoring network (cam).

Did you know a simple affordable home air filter -the Air Doctor -can be purchased or prescribed by a physician removes nearly 100% of particles and the majority of toxic ozone, volatile organic compounds and gases?

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The Air Doctor professional quality air purifier is 100x more effective than ordinary HEPA filters capable of capturing 99.995 of the most dangerous ultra fine PM 2.5 particles and powerful enough to clean a 450 square foot room 6 times an hour.
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Community scientist Raymond Tompkins serves on the Technical Advisory Group for the Marie Harrison Bayview Air Monitoring Program as an expert on air monitoring and air filtering devices. Tompkins led a 2009 effort to obtain $5 million in community exposure funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEH) for a biomonitoring program in Bayview Hunters Point. NIEH conducts research into the effects of the environment on human disaes s one of 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health.
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Environmental Justice Activists nationwide have joined forces in surveillance of the health risks faced by the Bayview Hunters Point Community.

The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program hopes to screen high risk residents using a safe, simple and low cost urine test called Genova Diagnostics Comprehensive Urine Elements test for 35 toxic and nutrient elements including many of the major chemicals and radionuclides documented to be present in soil samples at the federal Superfund site and in occupational exposed workers in toxic industries. Top researchers at UCSF hope to develop a more stringent methodology relying on state laboratories to test for a range of toxins using mass spectrometry.

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Genova Diagnostics Comprehensive Elements test kit is a low cost, reliable screening method for 35 toxins known to be present at the Hunters Point Shipyard and polluting industries in the 94124 zipcode.
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Mark Alexander, PhD is a clinical epidemiologist and member of the scientific committee of the HP Biomonitoring Program. Alexander grew up in Bayview and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He is a member of the Executive Committee of 100 Black Men of America

Like all screening tests from HIV testing to screening mammograms, there may be false negative and false positive results. That’s why the community scientists have recruited the help of university scientists, investigational researchers and major funders like the Rose Foundation for Better Communities and the Environment and the Packard Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of children, families and communities and restoring and protecting our planet.

March 29, 2018 presentation to the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on the implementation of a human biomonitoring program in Bayview Hunters Point. Bayview Hunters Point resident, activist and biochemist Michelle Pierce. (right) Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine/UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine and faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition. (left)

University and community based scientists are exploring the creation of a rigorous protocol and methodology for implementation of a fully funded investigational research project that will detect, protect and prevent Bayview Hunters Point residents from the dangers of environmental exposures to toxic chemicals and airborne contaminants.

The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program will offer medical evaluation, referral and mandatory follow up of residents who voluntarily seek the service.The university led effort is organized by Rupa Marya, MD, UCSF Associate Professor of Medicine and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, Dr. Marya was recognized as a “leading figure at the intersection of medicine and social justice by Bioneers 2018 where she delivered a keynote address on health and justice and revisioning healing and public health in the 21st century.

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Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, MD — Principle Investigator Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program

“Biomonitoring is the next, logical, critical step for us to take in addressing threats to public health.” Senator Deborah Ortiz — author The Healthy California Biomonitoring Program implemented in 2008.

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The federal Superfund Site at the Hunters Point Shipyard has been assigned an EPA Hazard Ranking Score placing it at the top of the list of the nations most toxic properties.

Medical Director - Golden State MD Health & Wellness. UCSF/Stanford Author & Researcher. PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist. PoliticoMD!

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