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Thursday, July 15, 2004
 

WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH REGISTRY ENTERS FINAL PHASE OF ENROLLMENT

With Seven Weeks Left in the Registration Period, New Transit Campaign Urges Those Who Are Eligible to Step Forward and Enroll

NEW YORK CITY - July 15, 2004 - As the August 31 deadline nears for signing up in the World Trade Center Health Registry, today the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced the launch of a comprehensive media campaign to help bolster enrollment. Print ads, featuring people who were in the vicinity of the WTC site, are currently up on 40 percent of all subway cars, as well as 2,000 transit buses in the City. To date, more than 47,000 people have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry, making it the largest project of its kind.

"There are only seven weeks left to sign up in the World Trade Center Health Registry," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "Enrolling in the Registry is a simple way to make an important contribution to understanding the long-term health effects of 9/11. To sign up, call us at 311, 1-866-NYC-WTCR (1-866-692-9827), or visit us online at wtcregistry.org."

The new transit campaign features families, rescue and recovery personnel, office workers, and students who were directly exposed to the events of September 11, 2001. All of them volunteered to participate and received no compensation. Against familiar backdrops of lower Manhattan, people in the subway and print campaign inquire "Who can tell us about the long-term health impact of 9/11?" and "Is anyone keeping track of the long-term health effects of 9/11?" Campaign materials can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wtc/ads02.html.

Registry staff have stepped up outreach efforts to help people enroll, making presentations at street fairs, residential buildings, businesses and schools. The registration period for the World Trade Center Health Registry opened in September of 2003 and will continue through August 31, 2004.

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;
  • School children & staff enrolled at schools (pre-K through 12) or day care centers south of Canal Street on 9/11/01;
  • 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.

The data from the Registry will provide vital information about the occurrence of any health effects for all people who may have been exposed to the fumes, smoke and dust, even if they do not meet eligibility criteria.

Those who enroll in the WTC Health Registry are asked to complete a 30-minute telephone survey including questions on where they were on September 11, 2001, 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 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 World Trade Center Health Registry or how to enroll, call toll-free, 1-(866) NYC-WTCR (1-866-692-9827) or 311 (in New York City). People can also log on to wtcregistry.org, or call 311 to ask for more information about the Registry.

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