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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
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CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Monday, July 8, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


Health Status of Thousands of New Yorkers Exposed to WTC Disaster Site Will Be Monitored Over Time

Earlier today, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announced that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) would receive a $20 million grant to design and maintain a World Trade Center (WTC) registry for persons exposed to the WTC disaster site.

New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH said, "The City of New York is pleased to receive federal assistance to undertake this very important initiative. The registry will allow an assessment of short- and long-term physical and mental health effects of the WTC disaster, and will provide a central, unified database to facilitate specific investigations. It will generate a clearer picture of any long-term health impacts of the World Trade Center disaster."

The registry will include thousands of individuals who were near the WTC site when it collapsed on September 11th, rescue/recovery workers who responded to the disaster, and persons who live in the vicinity of the WTC site. The registry will also include individuals who worked at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.

The WTC Registry is being designed to accomplish the following:

  • Identify and register individuals who were at the scene of the disaster; work or live near the site; and those who handled WTC debris at the Fresh Kills landfill;
  • Monitor registrants over time to determine if there is an increase in the development of significant health problems;
  • Assess the occurrence of acute injuries and other health effects associated with WTC survivors over time;
  • Provide information that will be useful for determining ways to reduce injuries/fatalities in areas such as: emergency response efforts, public health infrastructures, evacuation procedures, and construction standards;
  • Provide baseline data for future studies.

While funding will for the project will be provided from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through ATSDR, DHMH will oversee the start-up, enrollment, development, and maintenance of the registry. Criteria for individuals to be included in the registry are still being finalized. All information collected on registry participants will remain confidential. The registry is expected to launch in Spring 2003.

For more information, visit the WTC Registry Information page or visit ATSDR's Web site at