The year 2020 will definitely go down as one of the most eventful in recent history. Through a global pandemic, which heightened recognition of health inequities, a volatile election season, and an organizational leadership change and search, the National Health Council team rose to the challenge to deliver high-value resources, programming, and service to our members.
Made up of more than 140 national health- related organizations and businesses, the NHC’s core membership includes the nation’s leading patient organizations. Other members include health-related associations and nonprofit organizations including the provider, research, and family caregiver communities; and businesses representing biopharmaceutical, device, diagnostic, generic drug, and payer organizations.
The NHC maintained a long-standing member retention rate of over 90% in 2020. We were also able to add nine new members, including:
In a major step to support our patient advocacy and nonprofit members, the NHC announced in May that starting in 2021 we would offer an optional reduced dues rate for 3 years. Any VHA and nonprofit members are invited to avail themselves of this temporary, 50% reduction with a minimum dues amount of $1,000 through 2023. We consider this our duty and a way to support our members during this difficult time.
The NHC and National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) released our Health Equity Consensus Statement. Chief Executive Officers at 58 of the NHC’s 63 patient advocacy organization members signed on. The Consensus Statement serves as a public commitment to reduce inequities within the health care system. Read the Call to Action, which captures the outcome of a September Roundtable discussion we convened with the NMQF. The consensus statement will serve as the foundation for 2021 activities. Learn more here.
The NHC team focused on providing information, support, and advocacy on behalf of our members related to COVID-19. This included:
In response to the shift to virtual meetings, the NHC established a new Affinity Group for Meeting, Conference, and Event Professionals employed by our members.
The 2020 National Health Council (NHC) Health Leadership Conference (HLC) was a success, with 104 attendees from 52 organizations coming together to mark 100 years of Putting Patients First and look toward the future. It was our last in-person event of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 National Health Council Science of Patient Engagement Symposium, Including More Voices: Improving Diversity and Representativeness, brought more than 170 scientists and patient advocates together virtually to exchange ideas and experiences on the role of patient engagement in improving diversity and representativeness and vice versa. Watch highlights from the conference in the video below.
The Washington Representatives Retreat is an opportunity each year to convene public policy and government relations professionals from NHC member organizations to discuss major policy developments and emerging issues, get input on the NHC’s policy priorities, and network with colleagues. While in person networking was missed this year, we recreated the experience through our Lunch with the Experts, breakout rooms, and virtual trivia night with over 100 attendees.
The opening keynote address enlivened and inspired the HLC attendees. Stuart Ellis-Myers took attendees on a deep dive into what it is like to spend 50 years living with anxiety, depression and bipolar while uncontrollably twitching over 30 million times due to Tourette Syndrome.
NHC staff have been interviewed or published in multiple outlets this year, including:
The NHC is funded through a combination of member dues, sponsorships, and grants.