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 Centers: A Guide to a Vital Network of Care: This short, data-driven brief describes the Health Centers Program and who health centers serve, and provides examples of how they are responsive to community needs, drive health care innovations, and deliver high-quality, cost-effective care.
New! Community Health Centers as Economic Engines: As health centers leverage the federal and state investments necessary to bring health care where it would otherwise not exist, they also generate economic gains within the communities they serve. This 2-page infographic includes estimates for total economic impact and total jobs created by health centers in 2017 as well as a table breaking out these estimates by state.
Community Health Center Chartbook, January 2019:The Community Health Center 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, 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 to the health care system. Sources for the fact sheet are available here.
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 www.nachc.org/prapare for the most recent tools, resources, and webinars on how PRAPARE has been used with different Electronic Health Records and in different clinical settings.