chemical or biological—in the workplace (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html).
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) serves the public by providing health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances. ATSDR offers public health assessments of waste sites, health consultations regarding specific hazardous substances’ health surveillance and registries, responses to emergency releases of hazardous substances, applied research, information development and dissemination, and education and training concerning hazardous substances.
ATSDR has a hazardous substance research and health effects database called HazDat. HazDat is the scientific and administrative database developed to provide access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations. HazDat contains information such as community health concerns, ATSDR public health threat categorizations, ATSDR recommendations, exposure routes, and physical hazards at the site/event. The agency is currently being integrated with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov).
The Health Resources and Services Administration assures the availability of quality health care to low-income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable, and special needs populations. HRSA’s goal is for Americans to have 100 percent access to health care without any disparities. HRSA has a consumer education program that provides health-related information for families to live healthier lives. This program includes contact information for poison control. Furthermore, HRSA has awarded funds to support the work of poison control centers as well as bioterrorism aid for states.
HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau promotes and improves the health of mothers and children by working in partnership with states, communities, public–private partners, and families. MCHB administers seven programs, one of which is the Poison Control Centers Program (developed as a result of the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act), jointly administered with CDC. MCHB and CDC have created a nationwide toll-free telephone number system, a nationwide