On September 11th, 2001, people throughout many sectors of society were victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Beyond the initial disaster, many people have also gotten ill as a result of the environmental fallout. Many who were were involved with the rescue and recovery efforts or simply in the area of the dust cloud were negatively affected.
About NYCOSH’s Health for Heroes Outreach Campaign
To mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NYCOSH’s) #health4heroes outreach campaign will coordinate outreach and education efforts by partnering with labor and community organizations in order to ensure that more workers are fully informed about the services provided by the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund.
Presenting partner, the New York City Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO); and lead partner, the New York Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, will kick off the campaign with a New York City labor drive throughout the month of March that will reach hundreds of labor affiliates throughout the city. The campaign will continue through September with NYCOSH providing outreach and enrollment assistance to organizations and individual workers.
Download our Partner Toolkit and Web Buttons:
Health For Heroes Campaign – Partner Toolkit
Download our Circle Button; Rectangle Button; or Square Button images for your webpage and link them to the World Trade Center Health Program at: http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/index.html
Illnesses and Compensation
Some of the illnesses that are caused by the WTC environmental fallout are respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma, mental health issues such as depression and PTSD, and cancer.
You can see the full list of eligible conditions here.
Many of these ailments did not qualify for compensation under the 2001 Victim Compensation Fund but are now covered under the 2011 Health & Compensation Act, so people who were previous ineligible are now covered.
Are You Eligible for the World Trade Center Health Program?
If you believe your health was impacted by the WTC disaster, you may be eligible for free treatment at the WTC Health Program. Whether or not you have insurance, a current diagnosis of your illness, and regardless of your immigration status, you may receive a medical examination and potentially free treatment from the WTC Health Program.
Click here for an application or call (888) 982-4748. To apply in Spanish, Polish, or Chinese, click here.
You can also call NYCOSH at (855) 4WTC-AID (855 498-2243) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Are you a medical professional, union rep, or service provider?
Could someone you know benefit from knowing about the World Trade Center Health Program? NYCOSH is dedicated to reaching as many 9/11 responders and survivors as possible, but we know we can’t do it alone. Help us reach your constituents! NYCOSH can provide an article or short plug for your newsletter, or send a representative to events or meetings to speak with your constituent base, and coming in 2015 we can provide on-location registration for the program. We’re also happy to field any questions relating to program benefits and eligibility.