About NHC Membership

The National Health Council (NHC) is a stakeholder-informed, patient-focused organization that forges consensus among diverse organizations and drives patient-centered health policy.

It is the diversity of our more than 140 members that enables us to create a collaborative environment and put forward consensus public policy solutions that keep the patient central to all we do.

The NHC delivers a wide range of member services, including meetings and conferences, action teams, affinity groups, webinars, and projects to engage with us and network with each other.

Patient advocacy members meet the NHC Standards of Excellence®, demonstrating the highest degree of accountability and transparency.

Abbott

Business and Industry

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a

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AbbVie

Business and Industry

AbbVie’s  ~29,000 employees are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists and regulatory experts located around the globe. They come up with new approaches to addressing today’s

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Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

Professional and Membership Associations

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a professional association dedicated to increasing patient access to affordable medicines, improving health outcomes and ensuring the

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AcademyHealth

Professional and Membership Associations

AcademyHealth is a leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals who produce and use this important work.

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Advanced Medical Technology Association

Professional and Membership Associations

AdvaMed’s member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures

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Aetna Inc.

Business and Industry

Founded in 1853 in Hartford, CT, Aetna is committed to providing individuals, employers, health care professionals, producers and others with innovative benefits, products and services.

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Alkermes

Business and Industry

Alkermes is a leader in innovative medicines that address the unmet needs and challenges of people living with debilitating diseases. As a fully integrated global

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Allergan

Business and Industry

Allergan plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma.  Allergan is

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Alliance for Aging Research

Nonprofit Organizations with an Interest in Health

The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the

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Alpha-1 Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Alpha-1 Foundation is a not-for-profit Florida corporation founded in 1995. The Foundation is committed to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and to

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ALS Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

The ALS Association symbolizes the hopes of people everywhere that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis will one day be a disease of the past – relegated to

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Alzheimer’s Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Alzheimer’s Association® is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the

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America’s Health Insurance Plans

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services. Through these offerings, we improve and

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American Academy of HIV Medicine

Professional and Membership Associations

The American Academy of HIV Medicine is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with

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American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professional and Membership Associations

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) is the national medical specialty organization representing more than 9,000 physicians who are specialists in physical

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Professional and Membership Associations

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. The mission of

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American Association on Health and Disability

Professional and Membership Associations

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is a 501 © (3) national non profit association located in Rockville, MD.  The mission of AAHD

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American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), founded in 1991, is dedicated an organization that founded in order to bring a national focus to autoimmunity

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American Board of Medical Specialties

Professional and Membership Associations

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) works in collaboration with 24 specialty Member Boards to maintain the standards for physician certification. Their focus is

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American Cancer Society

Voluntary Health Agencies

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving the

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Board Members

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association

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Tracey D. Brown, MBA, BChE

American Diabetes Association

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LaVarne A. Burton

American Kidney Fund

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Tanisha Carino, PhD

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Patricia Furlong

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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Stevan W. Gibson

Lupus Foundation of America

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Paul Gionfriddo

Mental Health America

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Dory Kranz

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

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Staff

Susan Gaffney

Vice President of Membership, Development, and Operations

Susan Gaffney is the Vice President of Membership, Development, and Operations.

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Aimée Johnson

Administrative Assistant

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Marc M. Boutin, JD

Chief Executive Officer

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Eleanor M. Perfetto, PhD, MS

Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the National Health Council (NHC) in July of 2015 and promoted to Executive Vice President in

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Mary Crowther

Associate, Development

Mary Crowther is the Associate, Development. Prior to joining the National Health Council in October 2019, she worked as the Deputy Finance Director for U.S.

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Jennifer Dexter

Director, Policy

is the Director, Policy. She has been working in the public policy field for more than 20 years. In her role, Dexter helps the National

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Eric Gascho

Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

is the Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Gascho helps the

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Brian Harris

Administrative Assistant

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Christina Howerton, MA

Manager, Marketing and New Media

is the Manager, Communications and New Media. In her role at the NHC, she manages digital platforms including the website and social media properties. She

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Officers

Ann Palmer

Chairperson

Arthritis Foundation

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Diana Gray, MA

Vice Chairperson

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Gary M. Reedy

Chairperson-Elect

American Cancer Society

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Matt Eyles

Secretary

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Steven Taylor, MBA

Immediate Past Chairperson

Sjögren’s Foundation 

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Former Chairs of the Board

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association

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LaVarne A. Burton

American Kidney Fund

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Steven Taylor, MBA

Immediate Past Chairperson

Sjögren’s Foundation 

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Interested in joining the NHC?

Please contact Katherine Scott, NHC’s Senior Manager of Membership and Certifications.