The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) partners with deaf and hard-of-hearing communities to promote health. The Center is concerned with finding ways to help deaf and hard-of-hearing communities eliminate health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, depression and other chronic health concerns. NCDHR does not focus on the prevention of hearing loss.
The Center partners with 2 communities; the Deaf community whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) and the community of people with hearing loss.
NCDHR is one of 37 prevention research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The PRC program is a network of academic researchers, public health agencies, and community members that conducts applied research in disease prevention and health promotion. NCDHR is administered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
NCDHR operates under the guiding principle of the Cultural Model of deafness, which understands Deaf people as a cultural and linguistic minority group, united through their use of ASL and shared cultural norms. For more information on Deaf culture and cross-cultural research competencies, please see the NCDHR’s Cross-Cultural Research Curriculum.
The NCDHR does not view deafness as a medical condition that must be cured.