About Us

The National Center for Health Research (NCHR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank focused on research that can improve the health of adults and children. We do not accept funding from companies that make medical treatments, and that means we are a voice you can trust, providing information you can use for prevention, treatment and policy.

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.  That is why we conduct and analyze research that can be used to encourage new, more effective programs, policies, and medical treatments.

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We help individuals who have questions about medical treatments and prevention strategies.  We also work on the local, state, and national level in ways that help millions of people.  Our work aims to improve programs and policies as well as medical treatments and the safety of products in our homes and communities.  We meet with legislators, their staff, and other opinion leaders across the country.  We provide 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. We are a strong voice to provide sound science and useful information:

  • We conduct research that 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 improve the quality of medical care and public health for everyone. We focus 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.

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 have leadership positions in Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE); the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition, and the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

For more information about us, check out our key staff, national Boards, and newsletters and annual reports. If you are interested in a job, internship, or volunteer opportunities, click here.

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.

To read about how your support can make a difference, please see the following: Making a Measurable Difference.