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.

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New!  Health Centers’ Experiences with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans During COVID-19:  This infographic presents findings from Capital Link and NACHC’S assessment of health centers’ PPP loan application process.  This includes how many health centers applied, the average amount they each received and the total estimated amount received by all health centers as well as restrictions that could possibly be lifted to provide health centers with more funding opportunities.

New Publication!  Collecting Social Determinants of Health Data in the Clinical Setting: Findings from National PRAPARE Implementation. Nationally, health centers implementing PRAPARE social risk screening demonstrate high prevalence of SDH risks among underserved patients. This data is critical for informing social interventions and upstream transformation to improve health equity.

New! The Impact of COVID-19 on PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health Domains. This fact sheet outlines how PRAPARE SDOH domains impact individuals’ risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Care team members and aligned social service partners can use this information to identify those who may be most vulnerable during the pandemic, prioritize patients in need of outreach and additional services, and develop plans for addressing social risks in the community.

New! Health Centers’ Use of Telehealth Prior to and During COVID-19.  This factsheet discusses how COVID-19 has impacted health centers’ use of telehealth technology and ongoing barriers that are preventing health centers from having full access.  The factsheet also covers health centers telehealth usage prior to COVID-19 and the services they provided via the technology.

Updated!  Health Centers Response to COVID-19.  This updated infographic looks at national findings on health centers’ experiences with and responses to COVID-19, and will be updated weekly with new data.  There is also a downloadable template available here which states can populate with data and use for their own advocacy purposes.

New! Health Centers on the Front Lines of COVID-19: $7.6 Billion in Lost Revenue and Devastating Impact on Patients and Staff: This fact sheet looks at the negative impact COVID-19 will have on health centers’ visits, revenue, and employment over six months, and what Congress can do to help health centers now.

New!  Community Health Center Chartbook 2020: The Community Health Center Chartbook uses graphics and charts to describe who health centers serve, how health centers meet their communities’ needs, health center growth and remaining challenges, and how health centers make an impact.

Community Health Centers Meeting Rural Health Needs: This short fact sheet covers the barriers to care faced by rural communities and how Community Health Centers are helping to address those barriers: by focusing services on communities with the greatest difficulty accessing or affording care, innovating using telehealth technologies, and recruiting a wide range of health care providers to complement primary care, including dentists, pharmacists, and behavioral health professionals. Ultimately, health centers are achieving better improving outcomes for rural patients.

Health Centers are Providing Care to Growing Numbers of Patients with Complex Needs: This short fact sheet explains the growth in health center patients who experience higher rates of chronic conditions and social risk factors associated with poorer health outcomes, like poverty and homelessness. The fact sheet also highlights how health centers’ comprehensive services are working to address patients with complex health care needs.

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.