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.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional and Membership Associations

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) was founded in 1958. Its name was changed to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in 1994 to underscore

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Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Professional and Membership Associations

PQA’s Mission To improve the quality of medication management and use across healthcare settings with the goal of improving patients’ health through a collaborative process

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PKD Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The PKD Foundation has been dedicated since its founding in 1982 to supporting and improving the lives of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease. These

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Prevent Blindness

Voluntary Health Agencies

Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight across all age spectrums and multiple eye

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Prevent Cancer Foundation

Nonprofit Organizations with an Interest in Health

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The Foundation’s mission is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. We believe in: Reducing the

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Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care and lead research for a cure so people with pulmonary

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Business and Industry

Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading biotechnology company that invents life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led for 30 years by physician-scientists,

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Research!America

Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. Together, with our

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RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, is a nationwide, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to serve the needs of those who are striving to build a

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Sangamo Therapeutics

Business and Industry

SANGAMO is committed to translating ground-breaking science into genomic therapies that transform patients’ lives.

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Sanofi

Business and Industry

  Sanofi, a diversified global healthcare leader, discovers, develops, and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. We work to prevent and treat

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Servier Pharmaceuticals

Business and Industry

At Servier, they believe that providing future generations with a healthier world is the very essence of their mission. As a leading pharmaceutical company, they

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Sjögren’s Foundation

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Sjögren’s Foundation, founded in 1983, is the nation’s foremost source of information about Sjögren’s syndrome for patients and health care professionals. A nonprofit voluntary

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Solve ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Initiative

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) has been the leading organization focused on myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), since being

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Spina Bifida Association

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) promotes the prevention of spina bifida and aims to enhance the lives of all affected. The Association was

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America

Business and Industry

Takeda is a research-based global pharmaceutical company. It is the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry. Setting

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The Spondylitis Association of America

Voluntary Health Agencies

When the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) was founded in 1983, there was no support network, no educational materials geared to the patient, not even

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The Trevor Project

Voluntary Health Agencies

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. The

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Tourette Association of America

Voluntary Health Agencies

Founded in 1972, The Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better

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UCB

Business and Industry

UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company, with a focus on neurology and immunology. UCB’s ambition is to transform the lives of people living with severe

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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.