Chinese Emergency Officials Meet with WTC Health Experts
January 12, 2009
The Office of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Coordinator started the New Year with a briefing for a 19-member delegation of Chinese emergency management officials on the city's response to the WTC disaster. Presentations were made by the WTC Health Registry, the WTC Environmental Health Center and the NYC 9/11 Benefit Program for Mental Health and Substance Use Services.
Hailing from the Jilin Province in northeast China, the delegation was briefed on the 9/11 Health Panel’s recommendations for helping the city take care of its own. With this as a backdrop, the officials received an in-depth look at the city's 9/11 health web site, which was created based on the recommendations. The site has a Chinese section specifically for users who speak Chinese.
Both Registry and WTC Environmental Health Center staff connected with the audience by describing their programs in Chinese. The delegation also watched a video (with Chinese subtitles) about the Health Center's services.
After the briefing, Shen Lixin, Director General of the
Emergency Office of the Jilin Province, thanked the WTC staff and talked about
the deep effect the 2008 Sichuan earthquake had on China. The delegation also visited federal officials in Washington, D.C., before concluding their American tour with the emergency management training in San Francisco.