WTC Health Registry Receives New Federal Funding
July 20, 2009
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently awarded the WTC Health Registry $4 million per year for the next three years for continued monitoring of the long-term physical and mental health effects of 9/11. The Health Registry was previously funded by the U.S. Department of Health’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
"We're very excited to receive this NIOSH grant," said Dr. Mark Farfel, the Registry's Director. He continued, "The Registry is in the midst of releasing findings from our first follow-up health survey of enrollees. We're also gearing up for next year's survey to examine late-emerging conditions."
The WTC Health Registry is the largest public health registry in U.S. history, tracking the health of rescue and recovery workers, area workers, lower Manhattan residents and children exposed to the WTC disaster. It has more than 71,000 enrollees, including people from every state.
The Registry monitors the health of enrollees through periodic surveys, special in-depth studies and routine assessments of cancer incidence and mortality. It also publishes scientific findings based on Registry data collected in surveys. Data from the Registry’s 2003/2004 baseline survey are available through the Health Department’s user-friendly EpiQuery system.
Recent 9/11 health legislation introduced in the House and Senate would provide long-term federal funding of WTC monitoring and treatment programs and extend funding for the WTC Health Registry.