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Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center on Deaf Health Research

In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) funded the establishment of the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, one of 33 Prevention Research Centers (PRC) funded by the CDC, and the first research center in the world exclusively devoted to health issues in the deaf population. Several members of the DWC serve on the NCDHR Research Committee, including Robyn Dean, Amanda O'Hearn, and Robert Pollard.

The NCDHR conducts community-participatory research studies that will document the incidence of various health problems in the deaf population and test educational and other interventions aimed at reducing the incidence of illness and promoting the overall physical and mental health of the deaf population.