News & Events

The National Center for Health Research promotes the health and safety of women, men, children, and families — all kinds of families.

Fall 2016 Patient Advocacy Workshop–Apply Now!

We are in the process of planning an Introductory Patient Training Workshop which will take place on October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Please read this flyer for more information about the purpose and details of the Workshop. Preference will be given to applications received by August 15, 2016. You can apply for the workshop here:

We look forward to seeing you in October!

2016 Intern Lunch

We hosted interns from around Washington, D.C. for lunch on July 15, 2016. The topic of the lunch was “How public policies affect your health and health choices” and featured talks by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, President of the National Center for Health Research and Lesley Fair, JD Senior Attorney for the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

Advanced Patient Advocacy Workshop

The National Center for Health Research (NCHR) recruited patient partners to attend an Advanced Patient Training Workshop on June 3-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Twenty-six patient partners attended and were trained on FDA approval standards, scientific evidence for good treatments, FDA opportunities for patient engagement, and participation in clinical trials.

Check out the presentations from this workshop here.

2016 Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon

Our Annual awards luncheon was held at the historic Mayflower Hotel. We honored Judy Woodruff, Elaine Jones, and Nancy Pelosi as Foremothers and Flint, Michigan heroes LeeAnne Walters and Marc Edwards as Health Policy Heroes. See photos from the event this year here.

2015 Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon

Our Annual awards luncheon was held at the Cosmos Club. To learn more about who we honored, see our invitation here. See photos from the event this year here.

Stop Cancer Now Lap-a-thon

The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund held a Lap-a-thon at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, VA in April. We raised money to support our health helpline, and it was a beautiful day to honor our loved ones affected by cancer.

June 12th, 2014 Hill Briefing — Reforming the FDA: The Impact of Proposed Changes on Patients and Health Policy

Is FDA too fast or too slow?  Patients, a Harvard physician, and an AIDS activist will discuss how recent FDA changes affect patients and your health at a briefing in the US Senate on June 12 at 10 am. Find more information here. 

June 13th, 2014 Conference: “Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy”

A video of this groundbreaking conference, which we co-hosted with Harvard and AAAS, is now available! Below you will find keynote speakers Representative Rosa DeLauro and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. To view full recordings from the entire day, please click here.


2014 Foremother Awards Luncheon

We hosted our annual Foremother Awards Luncheon at the beautiful Mayflower Hotel. To view a list of our honorees, see our invitation. Log in to Facebook to see photos of this event on our page, the National Center for Health Research!

Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5K Run/Walk

We will be holding our 5th annual Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5K Run/Walk in Washington, DC in September 2014. You don’t have to be local to participate this year! With our virtual race and two fundraising challenges, there are many ways to get involved. Details will be provided soon!

Lunches on Health Issues

Every July we hold an informal lunch for interns. The 2014 lunch was held on July 18 and discussed “Attaining Perfection: What Do Women Pay for the Perfect Body?”. Lesley Fair of the Federal Trade Commission and NCHR’s own Diana Zuckerman presented at this event.

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Dr. Diana Zuckerman (left) presents information about breast implants and the FDA approval process to a group of DC interns. Lesley Fair of the FTC (right) was next to present about discerning misleading advertisements of products on the market.


















These lunches are free but reservations are required. To get on our lunch invitation list, please email us at:

Volunteers and Interns

Volunteers and Interns are an important part of our organization! For more information on internships, click here.  For information on volunteer oportunities, click here.

The Voice for Women & Families

Our newsletter, The Voice for Women & Families, is mailed to donors and is available on our website. It provides useful health information on topics such as stress, weight loss, toxic chemicals in plastic containers and toys, and hormone therapy. View the most recent issue of our latest newsletter. For previous newsletters, click here.