Stories of Collaboration: ATSDR 2021 Annual Report

Posted on by Chris Reh, PhD, ATSDR Associate Director

The 2021 ATSDR Annual Report features stories of collaboration with national, state, local, and territorial partners.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) serves as a science-based public health agency working to address community concerns about hazardous substances. For more than four decades, ATSDR has worked with communities across the United States to identify and reduce community exposures that might lead to harmful health effects. To date, we have taken action to keep people safe from environmental hazards in more than 6,000 communities. ATSDR recently released its 2021 annual report to show how we work with citizens and agencies at every level to respond to environmental concerns:

A concerned student uses ATSDR’s petition process to request a public health investigation on an environmental health concern across two cities that share an odorous landfill.

Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) uses ATSDR’s health consultation on anadromous fish in the nearby river to learn about possible health risks from eating fish contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The National ALS Registry expands its reach by linking persons with ALS (PALS) to scientists conducting research with the goal of slowing disease progression and getting closer to a cure.

ATSDR and CDC’s Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) team collaborate with national and state partners to increase the number of people getting tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 in a unique venue, Alabama’s historic Talladega Superspeedway.

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These stories, and more, are featured in ATSDR’s 2021 Annual Report. The report’s theme, Listening, Responding, & Taking Action, mirrors ATSDR’s commitment to engaging and involving communities as a core part of our work to protect communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.

A group of young adult people are resting after a climate change demonstration in the city. They are sitting in circle with some cardboard signs against global warming.

Our 2021 annual report also features “what’s next”, or how we are looking towards the future with emerging initiatives such as

I invite you to take the time to learn more about our achievements in this ATSDR 2021 annual report. ATSDR is, and will always be, committed to protecting the health of the American public.

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Posted on by Chris Reh, PhD, ATSDR Associate Director

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