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Timeline of NCC

The seeds of the National Community Committee (NCC) were planted in 1998 when the program required all PRCs to develop and partner with community committees. The following timeline summarizes the NCC’s growth:


Two community representatives attend PRC directors’ meeting and present ideas about setting a course for communities to contribute to the program at both a local and a national level.


At the spring PRC meeting, a group of 40 community members discusses how to make the NCC a reality.


Formal report about NCC, written jointly by community members and PRC directors, is shared with the network.


First NCC meeting is held separately during the annual PRC meeting; 50 community representatives attend.

NCC definition is created; geographic regions [PDF - 321K]are defined.

NCC begins partnership with other national and local entities to synthesize lessons learned about community–academic collaborations in prevention research. Initiative leads to writing a curriculum on community-based participatory research.


NCC members participate in advocacy training, and hold a meeting about committee structure. Subcommittees are established.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hosted the first NCC planning meeting.


The committee formalizes its structure at its annual planning meeting hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


PRC Program expands from 28 to 33 centers, enlarging NCC’s reach.

CDC awards grant to Saint Louis University PRC in partnership with NCC to conduct a grants program to increase physical activity among adults in ethnically diverse communities.


NCC members receive Evidence-Based Public Health training at Saint Louis University to help them develop mini-grants program.

The Michigan Center for Public Health and Community Genomics is awarded a grant for community genomics education in partnership with the NCC.

NCC participates in Community–Campus Partnerships for Health conference to discuss authentic partnerships.


NCC members lead educational forums on public health genomics in five Midwestern states.


NCC drafts its first formal work plan.

Annual meeting participants sign a petition encouraging state legislators to support no-smoking policies.


NCC is a featured speaker in a conference call series on community-based participatory research.


PRC Program increases to 37 centers, further expanding NCC’s membership and diversity.

NCC presents 25 PRCs with the committee’s inaugural Community Partnership Engagement award during the NCC Annual Planning Meeting in Seattle, WA.

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