NIOSH Funded Projects

Outreach Group

WTCHP Outreach and Education Cooperative Agreements Awarded in FY 2012

Outreach to 9/11 Survivors and Disaster Relief Volunteers
Project #: 1E11-OH010451-01
Institution: 9/11 Environmental Action
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Flynn
Project Duration: 2 years
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.

Title: District Council 37, World Trade Center Health, Outreach and Education Program
Project #: 1E11-OH010452-01
Institution: District Council 37
Principal Investigator: Lee Clarke
Project Duration: 2 years
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. DC 37 will deploy a volunteer team led by an outreach specialist to affected neighborhoods with the goal of reaching members who fall within the eligible pool of survivors. They will engage, and encourage, businesses/store owners to join forces with DC 37 to help find and inform residents and area workers that may benefit from the WTC Health Program.

Title: International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Plan for World Trade Center Outreach and Education
Project #: 1E11-OH010456-01
Institution: International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)
Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Morrison
Project Duration: 2 years
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. Members of the IAFF 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, along with New York City fire fighters, engaged in extensive rescue and recovery operations at ground zero. 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.

Title: World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Outreach and Education Plan
Project #: 1E11-OH010454-01
Institution: ICF International
Principal Investigator: April Naturale
Project Duration: 2 years
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.

Title: Using Well-Established Local and National Networks to Reach WTC Responders and Survivors including the Hardest to Reach
Project #: 1E11-OH010457-01
Institution: NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
Principal Investigator: Joel Shufro
Project Duration: 2 years
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.

Title: Connecting Individuals to the WTC Health Program through Single Stop USA’s Network in NY City
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Institution: Single Stop USA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Stettner
Single Stop USA is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce poverty and increase educational mobility in the United States by more effectively leveraging existing systems and resources. 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.

Title: Tuesday’s Children: First Responder Alliance Outreach and Education
Project #: 1E11-OH010458-01
Institution: Tuesday’s Children
Principal Investigator: Sara Wingerath
Project Duration: 2 years
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.

Title: Voices of September 11th World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Outreach Project
Project #: 1E11-OH010453-01
Institution: Voices of September 11th
Principal Investigator: Frank Fetchet
Project Duration: 2 years
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.

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