Obama Administration Reinstates Federal 9/11 Health Coordinator
September 4, 2009
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reappointed Dr. John Howard as the country’s 9/11 health coordinator. Howard will also direct the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
“President Obama’s re-appointment of John Howard, M.D., to his dual role as NIOSH Director and as World Trade Center Programs Coordinator is welcome news as we approach the 8th commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “As a result of his efforts, the country now has three centers of excellence dedicated to treating, monitoring and understanding the health impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Dr. Howard has also championed funding for critical 9/l1 research, including the WTC Health Registry, whose 71,000 volunteers from nearly every congressional district in the United States help researchers truly understand the health impacts of this national tragedy.”
Howard served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008. He also served as coordinator of federal WTC Health Programs from 2006 until July 2008.