National Community Committee (NCC)

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The National Community Committee (NCC) is part of the Prevention Research Center (PRC), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCC is a committee that represents the people in communities that work with PRC's to do community-based participatory research (CBPR) in chronic disease prevention and control.

The NCC is one of seven committees that help the PRC program. Each PRC community committee sends a representative or two to the NCC, which makes recommendations about how community committees can share information and serve the individual centers and the national program. NCC members also facilitate the training of community members and advocate for prevention research. (

Members of the Deaf Health Community Committee (DHCC) have represented DHCC during the NCC's Annual Planning Meetings in October. Below are the PRC's who have hosted past NCC Retreats:

  • 2004: University of Alabama at Birmingham PRC, Birmingham, AL
  • 2005: University of Minnesota PRC, Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN
  • 2006: University of Michigan PRC, Flint - Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2007: Harvard University PRC, Boston MA
  • 2008: West Virginia University PRC, Morgantown, WV
  • 2009: University of North Carolina PRC, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2010: University of Washington PRC, WA
  • 2011: Rochester University PRC, NY
  • 2012: University of Maryland PRC, College Park, MD

NCC members represent the people and partner organizations across the PRC Program's diverse communities. The committee supports an environment in which members:

  • Collaborate to influence health research.
  • Inspire life-changing projects in neighborhoods.
  • Share ideas about being a bridge between researchers and community members.
  • Feel comfortable discussing the challenges of working with academic partners.
  • Voice their hopes and concerns.


The NCC is dedicated to helping build capacity in communities within local PRCs that were not traditionally involved in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention research initiatives by:

  • Developing and facilitating education, training, resource sharing, and technical assistance opportunities that encourage and enhance participation in research activities.
  • Creating a supportive and culturally relevant environment in which representatives can share successes, concerns, and other lessons learned.
  • Advocating for policy change.
  • Making recommendations to advance the work of individual community representatives, local centers, and the national PRC Program.

Click here for more information about the NCC.

The Prevention Research Center program office created a brief overview of the National Community Committee's history and purpose. Click below to read the PDF file.

A Collective Voice for Well-Being: The Story of the National Community Committee

Research Opportunities

Deaf Health Survey 2013

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

To sign up for this survey, email Kelly Matthews.