Research and Data

NACHC collects data, performs analysis, and applies information to empower communities in their efforts to improve public health. NACHC also educates the public, health officials, and decision-makers at the local, state, and national level about the critical role of health centers in promoting access to high quality, affordable health care that reduces disparities and advances community well-being.

Are you interested in conducting research with NACHC or health centers? Please review NACHC’s Research Collaboration Policy.

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New! Community Health Center Chartbook, January 2019: This chartbook is a comprehensive collection of important research findings on community health centers and provides a detailed picture of the Health Center Program, including health center services, cost-effectiveness, quality of care, accessibility of services, patient demographics, and the challenges health centers face in meeting demand for care.

America’s Health Centers Fact Sheet, August 2018: This fact sheet and infographic is a short explainer on health centers, covering what defines health centers, who they serve, their impact on patients, and the value they add the health care system. Sources for the fact sheet are available here.

Health Centers and Medicaid Fact Sheet: Nearly half of all health center patients receive health insurance coverage from Medicaid and, in 2016, health centers served one in six Medicaid beneficiaries nationally. This data-driven fact sheet summarizes health centers’ role in the Medicaid program, including providing quality care and cost savings as well as the importance of adequate Medicaid payment. This fact sheet also provides a state-by-state summary of the Medicaid population served by health centers and the proportion of total Medicaid expenditures going to health centers.

Helping Health Centers Assess and Address the Social Determinants of Health: This initiative has created and recently modified a tool that will allow health centers to collect and respond to data on the social determinants of health, known as PRAPARE for Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences. Visit for the most recent tools, resources, and webinars on how PRAPARE has been used with different Electronic Health Records and in different clinical settings.