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 RPRC:NCDHR activities
  • Participate in the design of proposed research projects and interpretation of research results
  • Understand the mission, goals, and organization of RPRC:NCDHR
  • Advocate for the community with regard to RPRC:NCDHR activities, which includes ensuring that the activities of RPRC:NCDHR follow a Cultural Model instead of a Medical/Pathological Model
  • Assist with dissemination of RPRC:NCDHR projects, activities, and findings to the Deaf community
  • Share the Deaf community's reactions/insights with RPRC:NCDHR committees and subcommittees
  • Recruit Deaf volunteers for research conducted by RPRC: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

Thermometer DHS 2013

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

To sign up for this survey, email Kelly Matthews.