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New York City Department of Health
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Panel Comprises Representatives of Downtown Manhattan Residents and Businesses, Uniformed Services, Non-Profit Groups and Others; Will Advise Registry Staff on Outreach, Education

NEW YORK CITY - January 14, 2004 - Today the World Trade Center Health Registry's Community Advisory Board, a panel that brings together representatives of various groups that were most directly exposed to the environmental effects of 9/11/01, held its first meeting at the headquarters of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The Community Advisory Board will advise Registry staff on the most effective methods of public outreach and education about the Registry.

"The WTC Health Registry is a historic undertaking," said DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden. "And although thousands of people have already signed up for the Registry, many thousands more are needed to enroll to help give us the clearest picture of the possible long-term health effects of 9/11. We believe that the Community Advisory Board will help in our efforts, especially by helping us to make inroads into those communities most affected by the tragedy of September 11th."

The members of the Community Advisory Board include:

  • Lloyd C. Bishop, Associate Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)
  • Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority
  • Tzylai (Bill) Chong, Assistant Commissioner for Capacity Building, NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development
  • Amy Dorin, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Federation Employment and Guidance Services, Inc.
  • Adam Gurvitch, Director of Health Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Reverend Lyndon Harris, Consultant, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • Paul Hovitz, Chair, Youth and Education Committee & New Schools Force, Community Bd. 1
  • Kerry J. Kelly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, New York City Fire Department
  • Eli J. Kleinman, M.D., Supervising Chief Surgeon, New York City Police Department
  • Diane Lapson, Vice President, Independence Plaza North Tenant Association
  • Don Lee, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Stephen D. Lemson, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Express Company
  • Julie Menin, President & Founder, Wall Street Rising
  • Dan Slippen, Director, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Pace University
  • James P. Sullivan, Consultant
  • Kathy Sussell, Parent Coordinator, P.S. 234
  • Vito A. Turso, Deputy Commissioner for Public Information and Community Affairs, NYC Dept. of Sanitation.
  • Carl Weisbrod, President, Downtown Alliance
  • Madelyn Wils, Chairperson, Community Board No. 1
  • Peter Yee, Assistant Executive Director, Hamilton-Madison House

Who Should Enroll in the World Trade Center Health Registry

Thousands of people from each of the five boroughs, the greater New York metropolitan area, and throughout the country are eligible to enroll in the WTC Health Registry. Those in any one or more of the following categories should enroll:

  • People who were in a building, on the street, or on the subway south of Chambers Street on 9/11/01;
  • People who were involved in rescue, recovery, clean up or other activities at the WTC site* and/or the WTC Recovery Operations on Staten Island any time between 9/11/01 and 6/30/02;
  • Students & staff at schools (pre-K through 12) or day care centers south of Canal Street on 9/11/01; or
  • People who were living south of Canal Street on 9/11/01.

* The WTC site is bounded by Chambers Street, Broadway, Rector Street and the Hudson River.

These groups do not include all those who were exposed to the fumes, smoke, and dust. However, they do ensure a wide range of all possible types of exposure. The data from the Registry will provide vital information to everyone exposed about the occurrence of health effects, and the rate of and exposures related to any health effects that are found; DOHMH will release the second in a series of Registry data reports before the end of this month.

The WTC Health Registry is a collaborative effort between DOHMH and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), with funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To find out more about the WTC Health Registry or to enroll, call toll-free, (866) NYC-WTCR (692-9827). For more information, people can also log on to, or call 311 (in NYC).