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INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Committee to Review the Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

October 25, 2010

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

In August 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to provide periodic independent review of the federal response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as it relates to the surveillance and monitoring of acute and long-term physical and behavioral health effects of workers and the affected public.


The committee’s first report, Review of the Proposal for the Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study, was released to the public on October 8, 2010. That report summarized feedback obtained during the IOM’s September 22, 2010, workshop to review the National Institutes of Health’s draft protocol to study long-term health effects of oil spill clean-up workers (the Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study).


The attached report, the committee’s second, provides consensus advice to HHS on research priorities for assessing health effects associated with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, beyond the Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study.


On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank HHS for the opportunity to assist with the Agency’s continuing efforts to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Sincerely,

Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H.

Chair,

Committee to Review the Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill



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