The NCDHR’s primary community partner is the Deaf Health Community Committee (DHCC). The DHCC is a self-governing body of 18 to 25 people, of whom more than half must be Deaf people who communicate primarily in ASL.
The DHCC provides a community perspective on plans and priorities for all NCDHR activities. In particular, the DHCC participates in the design of research projects, carrying them out, and in interpreting research results. DHCC members assist with many NCDHR projects and activities. The DHCC advocates for the Deaf Community in all that the NCDHR does, and shares the Deaf Community’s reactions and insights with the NCDHR.