Welcome to the website of The National Center for Health Research. NCHR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank focused on research that can improve the lives of adults and children.
Throughout our country, there are programs and policies that have the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for many adults and children. Unfortunately, these programs and policies do not always live up to their potential.
The National Center for Health Research conducts and analyzes research that is then used to encourage new, more effective programs, policies, and medical treatments.
We help individuals who have questions about medical treatments and prevention strategies and we also work on the local, state, and national level in ways that help millions of people. We testify before the U.S. Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state legislators, about programs and policies that could be improved, and about unsafe medicines and other products that should be taken off the market and out of our homes and communities. We meet with legislators and their staff as well as opinion leaders across the country. We’re providing free information to those who need it, whether they are in the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the State House, or your house.
Why is the National Center for Health Research Needed?
On many health issues, media coverage and lobbying tend to reflect the views of corporations and organizations whose interpretation of “the facts” is influenced by their own financial interests. The interests and needs of ordinary women, men, and children are often underrepresented by the army of “experts” touting the new policy or new miracle treatment. Individuals may find it difficult to have their voices heard. As a result, programs and policies may not support, and may even undermine, the health and safety of women, men, children, and families.
We are a strong voice to provide sound science and useful information:
- We conduct research that answers important questions and has the potential to improve health care.
- We translate research findings into information that is understandable and useful to the public. We work with the media to help get the word out.
- We educate policy makers and policy analysts through briefings, hearings, meetings and written materials based on the information.
- We share our publications and information with other organizations, researchers, and advocates. We coordinate and strategize with them, working together to inform the public and be part of the public debate on policy issues.
- We use that information effectively, to improve the health of adults and children.
Many national health organizations focus on one specific health issue or access to medical care. Our organization has a different mission: to use scientific or medical research information to improve the quality of medical care and public health for everyone. We focus our efforts on the programs and policies that we believe can most benefit from the research-based information that we can provide and the attention that we can generate.
As a research center, we provide information that is based on facts, not ideology or financial ties to the programs or products we analyze. In addition to the scientific expertise of our highly qualified staff, we rely on the expertise of unbiased, well-respected researchers from across the country. We believe consumers should be empowered to make decisions based on the best available research evidence. We are a member of a national coalition of health and consumer advocacy organizations called Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). CUE encourages consumers, health policy makers and healthcare providers to make evidence-based healthcare decisions. We are also a member of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition, an informal coalition of nonprofit organizations which works on the federal level to improve health policies. And, we are a member of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, which is a coalition of nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations dedicated to increasing resources available for the FDA.
We are interested in hearing from you. Please let us know what concerns you have, what issues you would like us to work on, and how you think the needs of women and families can best be met.
Most importantly, NCHR is a voice you can trust, providing information you can use.