The World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) has helped us learn about the physical and mental health effects of the 9/11 attack among emergency responders and those who lived or worked near the World Trade Center site. However, we do not know as much about how children or teenagers were affected.
Now, we are working with the New York City Department of Education to plan a research study to better understand 9/11 health impacts on young people. It’s called the 9/11 Millennial Study. What we learn from the potential study would give us a deeper understanding of 9/11 health impacts and help improve health care for people exposed to the 9/11 disaster as children.
We’d like to learn more about the impact of the 9/11 disaster on children. But, we don’t know if more young people this many years after 9/11 would be interested in participating in this kind of research.
The potential study would compare health outcomes of people who went to school near the disaster site with those who did not go to school near the disaster site. For this reason, the sample of potential participants would include former students in schools near the World Trade Center disaster site, as well as those at schools located several miles or more from the disaster site. Participation in the potential research study will be completely voluntary.
The New York City Department of Education provided contact information for a sample of former students who attended city public schools between 2001 and 2006. We sent you and other former students in the sample a brochure about the potential study. Only people who received the brochure can let us know whether or not they are interested in the potential research study. Please do not share the brochure with other people.
Here are four ways to let us know if you’re interested or not in the potential study:
No cash or gift available in exchange for your response.
Below, Matthew and Lucero were enrolled in the WTCHR by their parents in 2004. Now as adults, they chose to remain in the Registry’s original study to help us learn more about the health impacts of 9/11.