2003-10-31 / Community

Pheffer Urges Use of

WTC Health Registry
Pheffer Urges Use of WTC Health Registry

Assemblywoman Pheffer has provided an update (as provided by the City of New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) on the progress of an important public health initiative — the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry.

The WTC Health Registry is a comprehensive and confidential health survey that will track the health over the next twenty years of those most directly exposed to the dust, debris and fumes from the WTC site on 9/11 and in the ensuing weeks and months. Federal funding to begin building the infrastructure of the health registry was secured last July, and Pheffer is pleased to announce that enrollment will soon begin.

Those who enroll in the WTC Health Registry will answer a 30-minute telephone survey about where they were on 9/11, and will be asked about their health status. This will allow health professionals to compare the health of those most exposed to the events of 9/11 with the health of the general population. The hope is to follow up with these people periodically over the next 20 years to track any changes in their physical or mental health. When completed, it is hoped that the WTC Health Registry will be the largest health registry of its kind, enrolling people from all walks of life. All information will remain strictly confidential.

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