To promote health and prevent disease in deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HOH) populations through community-based participatory research.


  • To eliminate health disparities in D/HOH populations.
  • To unite the NCDHR, its partners and D/HOH communities through enduring collaborative relationships.
  • To establish a rich, generalizable evidence base regarding health risks, determinants of health, and effective health promotion interventions in D/HOH populations and assure its dissemination.
  • To establish the NCDHR as a leading D/HOH health research organization.

Guiding Principle

NCDHR goals are guided by a "cultural model" (i.e., that Deaf people are a minority group who share a common language - American Sign Language (ASL) - and culture), not a clinical model (i.e., that deafness is a condition that should be prevented or treated).

Our Organization

The NCDHR is a Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is administered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Click here for a PDF of NCDHR's Organizational Chart

Logic Model

The Logic Model provides a "big picture" with four components (inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes/impacts) of any given program. Logic Models can be used for planning, implementation and evaluation.

Click here for the PDF of NCDHR's Logic Model

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.