2003-10-03 / Community

Thousands Sign Up For World Trade Center Health Registry

Thousands Sign Up For World Trade Center Health Registry

Thousands Sign Up For World Trade Center Health Registry


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) noted that more than 10,000 people from 47 states and nine countries have signed up to be enrolled in the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry since it’s launch on September 5.

Those who enroll in the WTC Health Registry are asked to complete a 30-minutes telephone survey of where they were on September 11, 2001, how long they were in areas with smoke and fumes, and whether they have any health problems.

Registrants will be periodically contacted to answer questions about any subsequent health changes. This information will be compared with that of the general population to identify any health problems possible linked to 9/11.

Ultimately, findings drawn from the health registry will enable researchers to observe patterns that may not be apparent to individual physicians. "While we are encouraged by the positive public response to the World Trade Center Health Registry, it is vitally important those who were most exposed to dust, smoke, and debris at the WTC site continue to step forward and sign up," said DOHMH Director of Epidemiology Dr. Kelly Henning.

"People from all walks of life are eligible, including residents, workers, passers-by and people who spent time at the WTC site in the weeks and months that followed 9/11. The more people who enroll, the more accurate and comprehensive the registry’s
findings will be. Signing up for the World Trade Health Center is easy –visit www.wtcregistry.org," concludes Kelly.

"When completed, we are hopeful that the World Trade Center Health Registry will be one of the largest health registries ever created," notes 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. "In addition to local New Yorkers, we know that thousands of volunteers from throughout the country came to help in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up effort in the weeks and months that followed 9/11."

World Trade Center Health Registry staff is currently calling the more than 10,000 people that have signed up for the registry. Those eligible are asked to complete a 30-minute health survey. The enrollment period for the World Trade Center Health Registry will continue into next summer. All information received by the World Trade Center Health Registry is strictly confidential. A federal certificate of confidentiality protects information, and individual information cannot be released.

Those in any one 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 anytime between 9/11/01 and 6/3/02; 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.


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