Founded in 1920, the National Health Council (NHC) is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC's core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and major pharmaceutical, medical device, health insurance, and biotechnology companies.
The National Health Council brings together diverse stakeholders within the health community to work for health care that meets the personal needs and goals of people with chronic diseases and disabilities. Each year, the NHC hosts a Voluntary Health Leadership Conference specifically for the chief staff and volunteer leaders of member patient advocacy organizations to learn about the latest in medical research and health care policy, and to share best organizational practices.
The mission of the National Health Council is to provide a united voice for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
We envision a world in which all people receive health care that meets their personal needs and goals.
- To improve the health of all people
- To increase support for health research
- To strengthen the community of patient advocacy organizations