WTC Health Program: Outreach and Education Partners

NIOSH has established outreach and education partnerships to support the needs of multiple WTC Health Program populations. Our partners provide information about the WTC Health Program and assist in the recruitment of eligible responders and survivors through culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials during various outreach efforts.

Below is a list of the outreach and education projects currently underway. Included in the list is a description of each project along with the name of the organization, their Web address, and contact inormation in case you are interested in current and future outreach and education efforts.

Contracts Awarded in FY 2016
Contracts Awarded in FY 2014
Agreements Awarded in FY 2012



Contracts Awarded in FY 2016

The NIOSH funded outreach and education cooperative agreements listed below were awarded in 2016 for a duration of 1 year with the option for a second year of funding.

  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
    NYCOSH will reach responders through one-on-one engagement directed at union members. Establishing one-on-one contact with these individuals through their organizations and working to ensure that they understand their potential benefits, how to apply to the program, and are guided through the application process itself is the critical next phase of this project.

    Principal Investigator: Charlene Obernauer
    Contact Person: Charlene Obernauer
    Contact Information: charlene@nycosh.org or 212-227-6440, ext. 15
    Website: http://nycosh.org/initiatives/world-trade-center-health-program/

  • Voices of September 11th
    Voices of September 11th (VOICES) provides a wide range of support services and programs to address long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11. The plan for outreach is broad-based and uses proven engagement techniques, direct-contact printed materials, web-based activities and social networks as well as community-based and corporate presentations, conferences and forums. The plan targets outreach to companies, organizations, local residents, and subgroups such as parents, immigrants, seniors, retirees and children.

    Principal Investigator: Frank Fetchet
    Contact Person: Stephanie Landau
    Contact Information: slandau@voicesofsept11.org or 203-966-3911
    Website: http://voicesofseptember11.org/

  • FealGood Foundation, Inc.
    FealGood Foundation |Outreach & Education (FGF OnE) will assist First Responders in the NYC Area and other identified areas of need who may have been injured, physically or mentally as a direct result of their rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center Site. FGF OnE will conduct four large events to assist in registering the Responders in World Trade Center Health Program.

    President: John Feal
    Principal Investigator and Project Manager: James T. Ryder
    Contact Information: jamestryder@hotmail.com or feal13@aol.com
    Website: http://www.fgfone.com

  • 9/11 Environmental Action
    9/11 Environmental Action's outreach project will use innovative social networking techniques, short upbeat videos, as well as traditional grassroots outreach methods, to reach 9/11-affected residents, students and area workers, referred to as WTC survivors. 9/11EA will utilize its relationships and networks within the NYC Disaster Area to disseminate information about the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, who is eligible and how to apply. 9/11 EA will closely partner with the survivor organization, StuyHealth, to reach a population of former students, now young adults, locally and nationally. Both organizations will offer enrollment guidance.

    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: Kimberly Flynn
    Contact Information: info@911ea.org or 917-647-7074
    Website: 911ea.org

Contracts Awarded in FY 2014

The NIOSH funded outreach and education contracts listed below were awarded in September 2014 for 1 year with the option for a second year of funding.

  • 9/11 Environmental Action
    9/11 Environmental Action's outreach project will utilize innovative social networking techniques, web-based film clips, as well as traditional outreach methods, to reach 9/11-affected residents, students and area workers, a/k/a WTC survivors. Our project will disseminate information in English, Spanish and Chinese about the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and who is eligible. 9/11 EA will closely partner with the survivor organization, StuyHealth, to reach a population of former students, now young adults, locally and nationally. Both organizations will offer enrollment guidance.

    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: Kimberly Flynn
    Contact Information: info@911ea.org or 917-647-7074
    Web Site: http://www.911ea.org/911ea/HOME.html
    Project #: 200-2014-61093

  • FealGood Foundation, Inc.
    Under the NIOSH contract, the FealGood Foundation ("FGF") will assist First Responders, construction workers, nurses, sanitation workers, transportation workers and volunteers within the United States who may have been injured, physically or mentally as a direct result of their rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center Site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In order to assist these individuals, the FGF will conduct a 12 city tour throughout the United States to educate WTC responders and survivors on health conditions related to their WTC exposure, and provide assistance in enrolling them for medical monitoring and treatment services under the World Trade Center Health Program.

    President: John Feal
    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: James T. Ryder
    Contact Information: jamestryder@hotmail.com or feal13@aol.com
    Web Site: http://www.fealgoodfoundation.com/
    Project #: 200-2014-61075

  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
    Direct Engagement of Responders and Survivors: Sanitation Workers, Immigrant Workers, Day Laborers, and Hard-to-Reach Union Members--this project will directly engage individuals through one-on-one engagement directed at members of workers' centers, individual day laborers, non-union workers, and union members. We will focus on immigrant workers with varied literacy skills and workers employed in sanitation, both union and non-union. Establishing one-on-one contact with these individuals through their organizations and working to ensure that they understand their potential benefits, how to apply to the program, and are guided through the application process itself is the critical next phase of this project.

    Principal Investigator: Charlene Obernauer
    Contact Person: Charlene Obernauer
    Contact Information: charlene@nycosh.org or 212-227-6440, ext. 15
    Web Site: http://nycosh.org/wtc
    Project #: 200-2014-61087

  • Single Stop USA
    Single Stop USA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals achieve financial self-sufficiency and economic mobility. Single Stop USA will use its extensive network, screening tools, and community outreach capacity to identify and connect individuals who were affected – directly or indirectly – by the WTC attacks to WTC Health Program resources; help guide those individuals through the application process; and connect them with healthcare treatment and monitoring programs for 9/11-related conditions.

    Principal Investigator: Andrew Stettner
    Contact Person: Anna Verdiyan
    Contact Information: averdiyan@singlestopusa.org or 646-640-3697
    Web Site: http://www.singlestopusa.org/program/wtc/
    Project #: 200-2014-61094

  • Tuesday's Children: First Responder Alliance Outreach and Education
    Through the First Responder Alliance (FRA), Tuesday's Children provides programs and services to about 1,300 rescue and recovery workers, and their families, impacted by the events of September 11, 2011. These services are also offered to the entire population of about 70,000 World Trade Center first responders. With this cooperative agreement, they will conduct outreach and education about the WTCHP and provide community-centered, skill development workshops; resource seminars; and mental health services for first responders, and their families, to reduce stressors that adversely influence family dynamics.

    Principal Investigator: Diana DeClemente
    Contact Person: Diana DeClemente
    Contact Information: diana@tuesdayschildren.org or 212-332-2980
    Web Site: http://www.tuesdayschildren.org/about-us/communities/first-responders/#.UuFnqdIo7Dc
    Project #: 200-2014-61084

  • Voices of September 11th
    Voices of September 11th (VOICES) provides a wide range of support services and programs to address long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11. VOICES and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will join forces to increase understanding of the WTC Health Program and to expand the number of individuals registered and screened within the target population. The plan for outreach is broad-based and uses proven engagement techniques, direct-contact printed materials, web-based activities and social networks as well as community-based and corporate presentations, conferences and forums. The plan targets outreach to companies, organizations, local residents, culturally and linguistically diverse populations (Spanish and Chinese), and subgroups such as parents, immigrants, seniors, retirees and children.

    Principal Investigator: Frank Fetchet
    Contact Person: Stephanie Landau
    Contact Information: slandau@voicesofsept11.org or 203-966-3911
    Web Site: http://voicesofseptember11.org/dev/index.php
    Project #: 200-2014-61091



Agreements Awarded in FY 2012

The NIOSH funded outreach and education cooperative agreements listed below were awarded in 2012 for a duration of 2 years.

  • Connecting Individuals to the WTC Health Program through Single Stop USA's Network in NY City
    Single Stop USA will use its extensive network, screening tools, and community outreach capacity to identify and connect individuals who were affected – directly or indirectly – by the WTC attacks to WTC Health Program resources; help guide those individuals through the application process; and connect them with healthcare treatment and monitoring programs for 9/11-related conditions.

    Organization: Single Stop USA
    Principal Investigator: Andrew Stettner
    Contact Person: Fredy Gonzalez-Burgos
    Contact Information: fburgos@singlestopusa.org or 212-480-2870
    Web Site: http://www.singlestopusa.org/program/wtc/
    Project #: 1E11-OH010455-01

  • District Council 37, World Trade Center Health, Outreach and Education Program
    District Council 37 (DC 37) AFSCME will conduct a multifaceted outreach and educational program to inform potentially eligible members (rescue, recovery and cleanup workers), area workers, and residents about the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program funded by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The program involves multiple and simultaneous coordination of outreach projects, including but not limited to materials/video/audio development; a lower Manhattan poster campaign; live presentations to members and other potential enrollees; one-on-one member counseling; and promotion of the WTC Health Program via social media, radio, TV and any other platform available to DC 37, AFSCME, and affiliates. DC 37 will also target workers, volunteers, residents, and area workers who may be eligible to enroll in the national program.

    Organization: District Council 37
    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: Guille Mejia
    Contact Information: gmejia@dc37.net or 212-815-1685
    Web Site: http://www.dc37.net/about/OSHA/wtchp.html
    Project #: 1E11-OH010452-01

  • International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Plan for World Trade Center Outreach and Education
    The IAFF is a non-profit labor organization that represents about 300,000 professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel throughout the United States and Canada. IAFF members from around the country responded to the collapses of the World Trade Center towers during the days, weeks, and months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. IAFF members, engaged in extensive rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero, Pentagon and Shanksville crash sites. Through existing communication channels, social media, and national conferences, the IAFF will conduct outreach and education efforts to inform members about the services offered by the WTC Health Program and encourage them to enroll.

    Organization: International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)
    Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Morrison
    Contact Person: Theresa Gorman
    Contact Information: tgorman@iaff.org or 202-824-8628
    Web Site: http://wtc.iaff.org/
    Project #: 1E11-OH010456-01

  • Outreach to 9/11 Survivors and Disaster Relief Volunteers
    The 9/11 Environmental Action (9/11 EA) project will utilize innovative social networking techniques, web-based film clips in English, Spanish and Chinese, and traditional outreach methods, to reach as broad a population as possible. The project will disseminate information about who is eligible for World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program membership for the Survivor Program (including the Pediatric Program), the Responder Program or the National Program and provide guidance on how to enroll. 9/11 EA will closely partner with the survivor organization, StuyHealth, to reach a population of former students, now young adults, locally and nationally. The project will focus mainly on survivors, but includes a significant component of outreach to 9/11 disaster relief volunteers. 9/11 EA will collaborate with the Ground Zero Fellowship to reach a responder population of affected disaster relief volunteers, locally and nationally.

    Organization: 9/11 Environmental Action
    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: Kimberly Flynn
    Contact Information: info@911ea.org or 917 647-7074
    Web Site: http://www.911ea.org/911ea/HOME.html
    Project #: 1E11-OH010451-01

  • Tuesday's Children: First Responder Alliance Outreach and Education
    Through the First Responder Alliance (FRA), Tuesday's Children provides programs and services to about 1,200 rescue and recovery workers, and their families, impacted by the events of September 11, 2011. These services are also offered to the entire population of about 70,000 World Trade Center first responders. With this cooperative agreement, they will conduct outreach and education about the WTCHP and provide community-centered, psycho-educational workshops; wellness days; and mental health services for first responders, and their families, to reduce stressors that adversely influence family dynamics.

    Organization: Tuesday's Children
    Principal Investigator: Diana DeClemente
    Contact Person: Jennifer Brick
    Contact Information: jennifer@tuesdayschildren.org or 212-332-2980
    Web Site: http://www.tuesdayschildren.org/about-us/communities/first-responders/#.UuFnqdIo7Dc
    Project #: 1E11-OH010458-01

  • Using Well-Established Local and National Networks to Reach WTC Responders and Survivors including the Hardest to Reach
    This project will conduct an outreach program to reach survivors and responders, both locally and nationally, who are eligible for benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. NYCOSH will use an extensive network of local and national organizations, and individuals, built over many years to reach eligible survivors and responders on a national and local level, including hard-to-reach populations such as immigrant workers and survivors. NYCOSH will establish a webpage with information about the WTC Health Program; hold meetings with potentially eligible populations; develop and disseminate material about the program and establish a telephone information service.

    Organization: NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
    Principal Investigator: Charlene Obernauer
    Contact Person: Gail Robinson
    Contact Information: grobinson@nycosh.org or 212-227-6440
    Web Site: http://nycosh.org/wtc
    Project #: 1E11-OH010457-01

  • Voices of September 11th World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Outreach Project
    Voices of September 11th (VOICES) provides a wide range of support services and programs to address long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11. VOICES and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will join forces to increase understanding of the WTC Health Program and to expand the number of individuals registered and screened within the target population. The plan for outreach is broad-based and uses proven engagement techniques, direct-contact printed materials, web-based activities and social networks as well as community-based and corporate presentations, conferences and forums. The plan targets outreach to companies, organizations, local residents, culturally and linguistically diverse populations (Spanish and Chinese), and subgroups such as parents, immigrants, seniors, retirees and children.

    Organization: Voices of September 11th
    Principal Investigator: Frank Fetchet
    Contact Person: Stephanie Landau
    Contact Information: slandau@voicesofsept11.org or 203-966-3911
    Web Site: http://voicesofseptember11.org/dev/index.php
    Project #: 1E11-OH010453-01

  • World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Outreach and Education Plan
    Inner City Fund (ICF) International and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) will develop and implement an outreach and education strategy created with input from representative members of the 9/11 affected community and response agencies, including state and local government liaisons. Primary activities of the outreach and education project include: 1) coordination with the CDC/NIOSH and other cooperative agreements, of communications and events related to the services of the WTC Health Program Outreach and Education 2) development of culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective outreach information and education materials specifically targeted to recipients of the 9-11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, nationally based behavioral health, faith based and other volunteer responders; and 3) dissemination of print and electronic materials via face-to-face contacts, community meetings, informational forums (national and local), regular mail and social media.

    Organizations: Inner City Fund (ICF) International and National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
    Principal Investigator and Contact Person: April Naturale (ICF)
    Contact Information: WTCHealthProgram@icfi.com or 508-246-5895
    Additional Contact Person: Tyler Radford (NDIN)
    Additional Contact Information: tradford@n-din.org or 212-669-6100
    Web Site: http://www.icfi.com/wtchealth
    Project #: 1E11-OH010454-01

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