Mission/Roles/Governance Guidelines


Deaf Health Community Commitee

The Deaf Health Community Committee is a partnership between Deaf communities, researchers, and health providers to promote an understanding of the health needs of culturally Deaf people (American Sign Language users), to identify issues essential to creating parity between the Deaf and general population, across the nation.


The Deaf Health Community Committee will create a nationally recognized model that empowers the culturally Deaf community to achieve its health potential.


  • Provide community perspectives on plans and priorities for NCDHR activities
  • Participate in the design of proposed research projects and interpretation of research results
  • Understand the mission, goals, and organization of NCDHR
  • Advocate for the community with regard to NCDHR activities, which includes ensuring that the activities of NCDHR follow a Cultural Model instead of a Medical/Pathological Model
  • Assist with dissemination of NCDHR projects, activities, and findings to the Deaf community
  • Share the Deaf community's reactions/insights with NCDHR committees and subcommittees
  • Recruit Deaf volunteers for research conducted by NCDHR
  • Serve as a representative to the National Community Committee
  • Perform other duties as needed

Governance Guidelines

The Deaf Health Community Committee (DHCC) has it's own guidelines for committee policies and procedures. All DHCC members must familiarize themselves and understand these guidelines. To view the pdf of this document, please View the DHCC Governance Guidelines .

Research Opportunities

Deaf Health Survey 2013

DHS 2013 thermometer

To learn more about the Deaf Health Survey 2013, click here.

To sign up for this survey, email Kelly Matthews.