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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Preview of the 2019 Survey of Community Health Centers

Health center CEOs recently received a survey on (1) the impact on community health centers of recent or pending policy changes, including Medicaid work requirements and policies affecting immigrant families; 2) how health centers are responding to the opioid crisis; and 3) the financial and patient care-related challenges health centers face.This survey is being conducted by the George Washington University Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy in partnership with NACHC, the Kaiser Family Foundation Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the RCHN Community Health Foundation. Input is critical for developing federal and state policy agendas and informing needed technical assistance. All CEOs of federally-funded health centers in the 50 states and DC should complete it immediately. If your CEO has not received the survey link, please contact the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at The survey should only be completed online. A preview of the survey questions is available here, although only online submissions will be accepted.


New! 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.

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.

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.

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.