Events


The National Center for Health Research promotes the health and safety of women, men, children, and families — all kinds of families.

Annual Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes Awards Luncheon

This will be held on May 15, 2017. Find out more information about this year’s luncheon here. Please see our past awards luncheons here.

Introductory Patient Advocacy Workshop: June 2-3, 2017

Our goal is to support patient advocates to help patients on a national level. Our workshops are designed to help you get the information, skills, and confidence you need to influence the development and evaluation of treatments used by patients across the country.

We have held 3 very successful workshops and are offering one more. Don’t miss your last opportunity to participate! Our final workshop will be in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017. Click here for more information and click here to apply.

Lunches on Health Issues

Every July we hold an informal lunch for interns. We hosted interns from around Washington, D.C. for lunch on July 15, 2016. The topic of the lunch was “How public policies affect your health and health choices” and featured talks by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, President of the National Center for Health Research and Lesley Fair, JD Senior Attorney for the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. Lesley Fair and Diana Zuckerman previously presented at the 2014 lunch regarding “Attaining Perfection: What Do Women Pay for the Perfect Body?”.

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Dr. Diana Zuckerman (left) presents information about breast implants and the FDA approval process to a group of DC interns. Lesley Fair of the FTC (right) was next to present about discerning misleading advertisements of products on the market.

These lunches are free but reservations are required. To get on our lunch invitation list, please email us at: info@center4research.org.

Past Events

Fall 2016 Patient Advocacy Workshop

We recruited patient partners to attend an Advanced Patient Training Workshop on October 14-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Thirty patient partners attended and were trained on FDA approval standards, scientific evidence for good treatments, FDA opportunities for patient engagement, and participation in clinical trials. They were educated by NCHR staff and guest speakers on opportunities to make their voices heard when advocating for safer and more effective medical products. Additionally, an FDA advisory committee role playing exercise prepared patient partners for real world advocacy. Patient partners and NCHR staff worked together to discuss goals for the Patient Network.

Check out the presentations from this workshop here.

Advanced Patient Advocacy Workshop

We recruited patient partners to attend an Advanced Patient Training Workshop on June 3-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Twenty-six patient partners attended and were trained on FDA approval standards, scientific evidence for good treatments, FDA opportunities for patient engagement, and participation in clinical trials.

Check out the presentations from this workshop here.

2016 Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon

Our Annual awards luncheon was held at the historic Mayflower Hotel. We honored Judy Woodruff, Elaine Jones, and Nancy Pelosi as Foremothers and Flint, Michigan heroes LeeAnne Walters and Marc Edwards as Health Policy Heroes. See photos from the event this year here.

March 2016: Innovation for Healthier Americans: Materials from our Senate Briefing

See the materials from the Senate briefing we hosted with the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition titled “Innovation for Healthier Americans: The Impact of Proposed Health Bills on Patients & Consumers”.

2015 Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon

Our Annual awards luncheon was held at the Cosmos Club. To learn more about who we honored, see our invitation here. See photos from the event this year here.

2014 Foremother Awards Luncheon

We hosted our annual Foremother Awards Luncheon at the beautiful Mayflower Hotel. To view a list of our honorees, see our invitation. Log in to Facebook to see photos of this event on our page, the National Center for Health Research!

Stop Cancer Now Lap-a-Thon

The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund held a Lap-a-thon at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, VA in April. We raised money to support our health helpline, and it was a beautiful day to honor our loved ones affected by cancer.

June 12th, 2014 Hill Briefing- Reforming the FDA: The Impact of Proposed Changes on Patients and Health Policy

Is FDA too fast or too slow?  Patients, a Harvard physician, and an AIDS activist will discuss how recent FDA changes affect patients and your health at a briefing in the US Senate on June 12 at 10 am. Find more information here. 

June 13th, 2014 Conference: “Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy”

A video of this groundbreaking conference, which we co-hosted with Harvard and AAAS, is now available! Below you will find keynote speakers Representative Rosa DeLauro and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. To view full recordings from the entire day, please click here.

Keynote Addresses

Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5k Run/ Walk

We held our 5th Annual Cancer Prevention & Treatment 5K Run/ Walk in Washington, D.C., in September 2014. We had a virtual race and two fundraising challenges which allowed people from all over the area to get involved.