Impact of 9/11 Toxins 20 Years Later and the Federal Response

9/11 20-year anniversary – event summary

September 9-10, 2021, see full agenda

Event recap

This two-day live-streamed program consisted of panel discussions surrounding the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its two components: the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Speakers included health professionals, Justice Department Special Masters, journalists, responders, and survivors.

On Thursday, September 9, after a welcome address by Dean Dennis S. Charney, a morning panel discussion with medical directors from each of the WTC Health Program Clinical Centers of Excellence highlighted the health effects of toxins at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site, and the life-saving medical monitoring and treatment services provided through the WTC Health Program. An afternoon panel focused on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund with present and former Special Masters and program staff, along with the Honorable Alvin Hellerstein, WTC Health Program Administrator John Howard, MD, and Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division Brian M. Boynton.

On Friday, September 10, there was a panel with members of the 9/11 advocacy community and journalists who followed the 9/11 health crisis and the effort to pass legislation that would provide adequate medical care and compensation to responders and survivors.

The program was hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and organized in partnership with the 9/11 Health Watch Inc. and other participating Clinical Centers of Excellence of the WTC Health Program.

Watch: event welcome and panel discussions


Learn more

Watch the 92Y talk: Impacts on Physical and Mental Health: From 9/11 and Beyond
By Dr. Rosalind Wright and Dr. Michael Crane

Read: American Journal of Industrial Medicine – Special Issue on 9/11 Health Effects Research: Two Decades Later