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World Trade Center Health Program

Queens WTC Clinical Center of Excellence at NSLIJ

Many first-responders and others who worked for weeks and months at Ground Zero and debris sites after September 11 have experienced a range of serious health problems. They include lung disease, asthma and gastroesophogeal disease as well as a variety of cancers. In addition, responders have also experienced ongoing mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

The Queens WTC Clinical Center of Excellence, operated by LIJ Medical Center, is one of seven clinical centers of excellence in the New York/New Jersey area that provide medical monitoring, diagnosis and treatment for WTC-related health conditions.

The federal funding that the Queens Clinical Center of Excellence receives guarantees that LIJ Medical Center and its network of healthcare professionals will be able to continue to provide high-quality medical care and mental health services to WTC responders for the next several years, without interruption, as well as increased access to critical healthcare services. The program is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, contact Queens Clinical Center of Excellence at 718-267-2420; WTC Health Program at 1-888-WTC-HP4U (1-888-982-4748); or www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/wtc/.

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