About NHC Membership


Created by and for patient organizations more than 100 years ago, the National Health Council (NHC) brings diverse organizations together to forge consensus and drive patient-centered health policy. We promote increased access to affordable, high-value, sustainable health care.


Made up of more than 150 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 National Health Council delivers a wide range of member services to help you succeed.


The NHC is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to take advantage of NHC corporate hotel rates at nearby hotels in Washington, DC. The following six hotels are offering the NHC’s corporate rates:

  • Capital Hilton
  • Hilton DC Capitol Hill
  • Hotel Washington
  • The Madison Hotel
  • The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
  • The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

NHC members who are interested in obtaining corporate rates at these hotels should email [email protected] to requesting complete information.


Centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, the National Health Council’s (NHC’s) new headquarters at 1730 M Street NW, Suite 650, offers an ideal location to host meetings and/or have a home base from which to work when visiting our nation’s capital. The NHC is providing this offer FREE OF CHARGE to all members as an enhanced member benefit. Click here for more information.


The National Health Council provides access to deep policy resources and expertise on a broad range of complex issues that impact all people with chronic conditions. Our efforts have yielded the inclusion of multiple provisions in landmark legislation and subsequent regulatory implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 21st Century Cures, PCORI Reauthorization, FDA User Fee Reauthorization Acts, and more. View a list of our current issue areas on our website.

The NHC shares its relevant policy work, such as comment letters, working documents on policy positions, and white papers, with members ahead of deadlines, allowing you to utilize our materials for your own policy positions and responses.


Expand your network with the broader health community through participation in our action teams, affinity groups, conferences, and ad-hoc briefings. Members of your organization can join our policy-focused action teams or our affinity groups, which are networking group for those in similar organizational positions. Our conferences and meetings are also excellent opportunities for both education and networking, especially our annual marquee conferences: Health Leadership Conference, Science of Patient Engagement Symposium, and Washington Representatives Retreat.


Enhance your organization’s public profile and outreach to the broader health community by submitting content for the NHC’s weekly, member newsletter, the NHC Insider; highlighting your organization on the NHC Putting Patients First blog; and promoting job openings in your organization on the NHC Job Bank.


Gain knowledge on current issues facing the nonprofit sector, such as changes in charity rating systems, innovative fundraising techniques, relationships with the for-profit sector, and impacts of recent tax reform. Strengthen your organization’s governance and board processes through networking, education, and participation in benchmarking surveys.

The NHC member patient organizations utilize our Standards of Excellence Certification Program® to maximize mission impact. The 38 Standards cover the areas of governance, human resources, programs, fundraising, finance, accounting and reporting, and evaluation. Technical assistance is available to all organization, but certification is required for patient organizations.

The NHC has released a new report on Inclusive Workplaces. Read the full report here.

Membership Categories

Patient Organizations (POs) are comprised of individuals who live with chronic disease(s) and/or disability(ies) and their family caregivers. They engage in an array of direct-service programs, which can include membership, support, advocacy, education, and research. Organizations in this category focus on specific patient and caregiver communities, are established as a tax-exempt nonprofit, and gain support for their mission from a wide range of the public.

Patient Organization members must meet the National Health Council’s minimum Standards of Excellence Certification Program® (SOE) requirements to be accepted into membership. Once welcomed into membership, PO members must meet the full SOE criteria within an appropriate timeframe, set collaboratively with the membership team.

Apply here.

Partners of Patient Organizations members (PPOs) may provide research, clinical, regulatory and/or policy expertise that impacts the health ecosystem in ways that are collaborative with patients and family caregivers managing chronic diseases and disabilities. Current organizations in this member category represent providers, researchers, and advocacy organizations with a broad focus on an underserved community and/or category of health consumers. Organizations in this category must be established as a tax-exempt nonprofit.

Organizations whose primary interest is to represent a business sector within the health ecosystem should use the application form under the Business and Industry section below.

 Apply here.

Business and Industry (B&I) members share a focus on providing goods, services, and knowledge that are disseminated through the health ecosystem to aid in the treatment and management of chronic conditions and disabilities. Also included in this category are nonprofit associations that represent the business interests of certain sectors within the health ecosystem.

Apply here.

Our Members

View the list of NHC member organizations.


View NHC member resources.

Interested in joining the NHC?

Read our partnership policy.