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Thursday, September 11, 2003
NEARLY 6,500 PEOPLE FROM 45 U.S. STATES HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH REGISTRY IN ITS FIRST SIX DAYS
Those Closest to the WTC Site on Sept. 11, 2001 or the Weeks and Months that Followed are Urged to Call 311 or visit www.wtcregistry.org
NEW YORK CITY - September 11, 2003 - The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that more than 6,500 people from 45 states and eight countries have signed up to be enrolled in the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry since its launch last Friday, September 5.
"The World Trade Center Health Registry is our best way to evaluate the potential long-term health effects related to the events of 9/11/01," said New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "In the six days since the registry opened, nearly 6,500 people from all over New York City as well as across the country and the globe have stepped forward to sign up. The more people that enroll, the more accurate and comprehensive the registry's findings will be. If you were near the WTC site on 9/11/01, or in the weeks and months that followed, it is vitally important that you sign up."
Dr. Henry Falk, Associate Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and Director of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health said, "The World Trade Center Health Registry will track and evaluate the health of a wide array of people most directly exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center and subsequent clean-up efforts. I am heartened to see that thousands of people have contacted the Registry over the course of its first five days, and encourage all people who were closest to the WTC site on 9/11 and the weeks and months that followed - even if they feel perfectly healthy - to enroll."
Later this month, posters advertising the health registry will appear on subways citywide, as well as the PATH train in New Jersey. The campaign features a series of real people who were in close proximity to the WTC site on 9/11. Additionally, on-line "banners" featuring the campaign will allow Internet users to link directly to the WTC Health Registry homepage to learn about enrolling.
Who Should Sign Up
Thousands of people from each of the five boroughs, the greater metropolitan area, and throughout the country are eligible for the WTC Health Registry, regardless of whether they have any health problems. Those in any one or more of the following categories are eligible to enroll:
- People who were in a building, on the street, or on the subway south of Chambers Street on 9/11/01
- Workers and volunteers involved in rescue, recovery, clean up or other activities at the WTC site and/or WTC Recovery Operations on Staten Island any time between 9/11/01 and 6/30/02;
- Students and staff at schools (pre-K to 12) or daycare centers south of Canal Street on 9/11/01; or
- People who were living south of Canal Street on 9/11/01
Those who enroll in the WTC Health Registry are asked to complete a 30-minute telephone survey of where they were on 9/11/01, how long they were in areas with smoke and fumes, and whether they have had any health problems since. Registrants will be periodically contacted to answer questions about any health changes. This information will then be compared with that of the general population to identify any health problems possibly linked to 9/11. Ultimately, findings drawn from the health registry will enable researchers to observe patterns that may be invisible to individual physicians. All information given will be kept strictly private and confidential. No medical examinations or tests are required.
The WTC Health registry is a jointly funded effort of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RTI International, a non-profit research firm, will be conducting interviews.
To find out more about the WTC Health Registry and the enrollment process, visit www.wtcregistry.org, call 311 (in NYC) or toll-free 1-866-NYC-WTCR (1-866-692-9827) to enroll.