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Special Initiatives

  • Alaska Traditional Diet Project
    Identifies and studies contaminants in the environment, subsistence resources, and people in Alaska native populations.
  • Bioterrorism - ATSDR's Role in the Response to Bioterrorism
    Since the September 11 attacks, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has worked with other federal agencies, state and local health departments, and other organizations to respond to the enormous challenges of this tragedy.
  • Board of Scientific Counselors
    The Board of Scientific Counselors, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding NCEH and ATSDR program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance that assist NCEH and ATSDR staff in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The Board also provides guidance to help NCEH and ATSDR staff work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.
  • Children's Health
    Information about ATSDR's efforts to integrate children's health concerns into all ATSDR programs.
  • Fish Consumption Advisories in Michigan
    Senate Report 107-43 directs ATSDR to report by December 31, 2001, on the feasibility of a proposal to establish a pilot program in Michigan for fish consumption advisories, including funding requirements for such a pilot program. This report responds to the directive by demonstrating how ATSDR and its Great Lakes partners can build upon 10 years of successful research efforts in the basin to establish a new program that specifically addresses this emerging public health priority. Key parameters for the program are identified.
  • Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program
    Investigates the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.
  • Hanford Community Health Project
    Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Release and Exposure - Hanford, Washington, 1944 - 1972 - The Hanford Community Health Project provides educational resources to those concerned about past exposure to radioactive iodine (I-131) released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • Mississippi Delta Program
    Program by government, academia, private sector organizations, and community residents, within a key geographic region, that demonstrates how partnerships can be formed to identify and reduce the impact of environmental hazards.
  • National Organizations Program
    ATSDR conducts many public health education and health promotion activities through collaborative projects and partnerships with national organizations of health professionals. This page includes a list of the ten national organizations with which ATSDR has funded cooperative agreement projects.
  • State Cooperative Agreement Partners
    This is a list of ATSDR's current state cooperative agreement partners.
  • Tribal Affairs
    Assists with tribal-specific environmental health needs resulting from exposure to hazardous waste sites and pollution.

Last Reviewed: 03/21/2008