Chief Medical Officer for the Fire Department of New York Interviewed by Steven Markowitz
(WHPP) is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE Former Worker Medical Surveillance Program (FWP). The FWP was created by a Congressional mandate in the Defense Authorization Act of 1993, which directed the DOE to fund voluntary medical screening to workers of DOE's nuclear defense facilities.
Credit: Jonah Markowitz
Since 2000, the WHPP Early Lung Cancer Detection (ELCD) Program has provided low-dose chest CT scans to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) workers, with the primary purpose of detecting lung cancers early. The WHPP ELCD Program serves DOE workers from nine sites in the DOE complex.
The NYCCAS program monitors pollutants that cause health problems such as fine particles, nitrogen oxides, elemental carbon (a marker for diesel exhaust particles), sulfur dioxide and ozone. NYCCAS air pollution measurements are taken at 100 locations throughout New York City in each season.
The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment of Queens College (QC) has established an ongoing collaboration with Make the Road New York (MRNY), a local multi-service community organization serving Latino immigrants with offices in Jackson Heights (Queens), Bushwick (Brooklyn), Staten Island and Long Island.
Asthma is one of the most common health problems among rescue and recovery workers from the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse in 2001. The goals of the study are to examine what happens to patients with WTC asthma.
The WTC-Heart study is a cohort study of 6,481 WTC responders designed to estimate the risk of cardiovascular disease within this population.
The Barry Commoner Center directs the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council. WHPP, which includes the Early Lung Cancer Detection program (ELCD), provides medical screening for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facility workers who may have been exposed to radiation and toxic substances such as beryllium, asbestos and industrial solvents. To date, WHPP has screened over 30,000 DOE workers.