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.

Immune Deficiency Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency

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Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.

Business and Industry

Intarcia seeks to leverage their technologies in drug development and delivery to provide improved therapeutic outcomes for patients and to help patients achieve a better

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International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Coalition (ISPOR)

Professional and Membership Associations

Founded in 1995 as an international multidisciplinary professional membership society, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) advances the policy, science, and practice

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IQVIA

Associate

IQVIA is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide. IQVIA helps biopharmaceutical companies develop and commercialize products to

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Johnson & Johnson

Business and Industry

Caring for the world, one person at a time… inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science – bringing

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LAM Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The LAM Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1995. The goals of the Foundation are to raise the level of awareness of LAM in

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Lupus Foundation of America

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Lupus Foundation of America is a national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating

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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Business and Industry

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is a multibillion dollar specialty pharmaceutical company focused on our mission: Managing Complexity. Improving Lives. We provide medicines to address unmet patient needs,

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Marfan Foundation

The Marfan Foundation, established in 1981, creates a brighter future for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related disorders by pursuing the most innovative research

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Medical Device Manufacturers Association

Professional and Membership Associations

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, DC providing educational and advocacy assistance to innovative and entrepreneurial medical

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Mended Hearts

Voluntary Health Agencies

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization and is the largest cardiovascular support organization in the world. Mended Hearts is a national and

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Mental Health America

Nonprofit Organizations with an Interest in Health

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is a leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness

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Merck & Co., Inc.

Business and Industry

Merck has a long and rich history of working to improve people’s health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new

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Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia

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MyHealth Teams

Associate

MyHealthTeams creates social networks for communities of people facing chronic conditions (everything from Lupus and multiple sclerosis, to autism, breast cancer, and COPD). We believe

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Myositis Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Myositis Association, founded in a patient’s basement in 1993, has grown to be the major force in addressing the complex diseases known as the

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National Alliance for Caregiving

Professional and Membership Associations

Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy.

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National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Professional and Membership Associations

Over the past 22 years, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), formerly known as the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), has

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), founded in 1981, provides support to patients afflicted with alopecia areata, builds public awareness regarding the disease and funds

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National Association for Hearing and Speech Action

Nonprofit Organizations with an Interest in Health

The consumer affiliate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the mission of the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA) is to increase public

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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.