The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR's) Cooperative Agreement Program is critical to ATSDR's success in accomplishing its mission in communities nationwide. The Program funds 25 partner organizations, which includes 80 full time employees, at an average level of $400,000 annually per partner. Twenty-five states use Cooperative Agreement Program funding to build their ability to evaluate and respond to environmental public health issues.
The Cooperative Agreement Program's primary goal is to give partners the resources to build their capacity to assess and respond to site-specific issues involving human exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.
The Program helps ATSDR's partners
- identify exposure pathways at specific sites;
- educate affected communities and local health professionals about site contamination and potential health effects;
- review health outcome data to evaluate potential links between site contaminants and community health outcomes.