Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:Organization of Health Care and the Federal, State, and Local Levels
Slide content:Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) - 2 Identifies exposures, evaluates risk, recommends action Prepares for emergencies/disasters Educates about toxicology, environmental medicine, chemical exposures Issues public health advisories Example: 9/11/2001 11
Slide notes:The ATSDR identifies potential exposures, quantifies the risk, and makes recommendations for protecting communities. It ensures emergency preparedness for natural or man-made disasters, and it educates health care providers on topics such as toxicology, environmental medicine, and acute chemical exposures. It also issues public health advisories about hazardous materials or physical hazards such as unsafe buildings or abandoned mine shafts. To give an example, the ATSDR partnered with other government agencies after the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. It provided information about toxin levels and answered questions from residents, first responders, and the media. 11