Friends of NCHS

About the Friends

Providing Data to Improve Americans' Health


The Friends of NCHS is a voluntary coalition of more than 250 organizations that support the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Members of this diverse group -- including think tanks, professional associations, and universities -- rely on the data collected and maintained by NCHS to conduct research, support advocacy efforts, and inform health policy. 

The Friends of NCHS advocates on behalf of the agency to Congress. Its activities include: 

  • Sending joint letters to key members of Congress;

  • Making joint visits to members of Congress and their staff; and

  • Coordinating briefings to demonstrate the importance of NCHS and the research it supports.


Join the Friends

If your association, university, or corporation would like to join the Friends of NCHS, please contact us for more information.

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Executive Committee

The Friends of NCHS is governed by a nine-member Executive Committee with seven permanent and two rotating members. 




Consortium of Social Science Associations

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for and widespread use of social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. COSSA serves as a united voice for a broad, diverse network of organizations, institutions, communities, and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise. The COSSA membership includes professional and disciplinary associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, and U.S. colleges and universities.




Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics

Founded in 1981, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) represents over 300,000 individual researchers, educators, public health professionals, civic groups, and businesses that rely on the quality and accessibility of statistics that can only be effectively collected by the federal government.


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permanent member


AcademyHealth is the home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders. Together with its members, AcademyHealth works to improve health and the performance of the health system by supporting the production and use of evidence to inform policy and practice – increasing the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhancing the professionals skills of researchers and research users, and expanding awareness.




American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a membership organization of more than 58,000 members dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.



rotating MEMBER

American Society for Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals. Its focus ranges from the most critical details of research and application to the broadest applications in society, in the United States and around the world.


Sarah Ohlhorst



permanent member

American Statistical Association

The American Statistical Association is the world's largest community of statisticians, the "Big Tent for Statistics." It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy.


Steve Pierson



Permanent member

March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.



permanent member

National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

The National Association for Public Health and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) is the national nonprofit organization representing the state vital records and public health statistics offices in the United States. Formed in 1933, NAPHSIS brings together more than 250 public health professionals from each state, the five territories, New York City, and the District of Columbia.




Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers

The Association of Population Centers and Population Association of America work together to educate policymakers about population research outcomes and the federal agencies that support population, or demographic, research.


Mary Jo Hoeksema