It has now been well documented that 9/11 workers and volunteers, known as “general responders” in the new program, have been exposed to substances and psychological stressors that put these individuals at risk for certain conditions.
The World Trade Center Health Program General Responder Consortium provides specialized medical care, mental health care, and benefits counseling to this group of people. In addition, the program performs health surveillance on 9/11 workers and volunteers, to track the illnesses suffered by them over time.
This program was created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, signed into law on January 2, 2011, by President Barack Obama. Title I of the law provides funding for health services, benefits counseling, outreach and education for groups of people – including 9/11 workers and volunteers – affected by the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on the US, and also disease surveillance and research related to 9/11 exposures and health within these groups.
We provide our services through institutions that operate Clinical Centers of Excellence throughout the New York City metropolitan area. The Clinical Centers of Excellence are all led and staffed by health care providers with years of experience in treating World Trade Center-related conditions.
In addition to the Clinical Centers of Excellence, a Data Center within the program operates to manage data, perform disease surveillance and quality assurance, and coordinate outreach efforts among the Clinical Centers. The Data Center is located at the Icahn School of Medicine.