Affinity Groups


Affinity Groups bring together staff from member organizations who share similar responsibilities. They gather to discuss issues common to their area of work and offer advice to National Health Council staff.

Chief Development Officers Affinity Group

This group of chief development officers from NHC members meets to share examples of best practices and discuss common concerns, such as policy and regulatory issues that impact income development.

Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group

This group provides important opportunities for information sharing and problem solving among the chief financial officers of NHC members. The group also includes the chief financial officers of the social welfare organizations that belong to the National Human Services Assembly. The CFOs have full-day meetings, with agendas of their own making, featuring outside experts on emerging tax and regulatory issues, government oversight, compensation and benefits, and the like.

Chief Medical/Scientific Officers and Research Directors Group Affinity Group

This group of senior staff meets to share information on emerging topics. Recent meetings have focused on innovative funding models for medical research; restoring public confidence and trust in the clinical research enterprise; and ways in to collaborate with the National Institutes of Health, such as grant determination criteria, research protocols, and funding mechanisms.

Communications Affinity Group

Made up of the senior public relations and communications professionals in member VHAs and nonprofit organizations, this group meets twice a year to map coordinated strategies on issues that affect all VHAs and to discuss issues of common concern.

Government Relations Affinity Group (GRAG)

This group, made up of the senior government relations staff, promotes the exchange of ideas and sharing of common solutions among members. GRAG meets to work on policy issues and convenes an annual Washington Representatives Retreat, which allows staff to focus on important strategic, operational, and policy development issues.

Senior Legal Staff Affinity Group

This group is made up of senior legal staff from NHC members. The group meets to share information on emerging legal issues and provide a forum for sharing best practices.