Research & Data

Research & Data

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The NACHC Research Department collects data, performs analysis, and applies information to empower communities in their efforts to improve public health.  The NACHC Research Department 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.

View the tabs on your left to access Research Department publications, maps, training, and tools.  Resources are grouped into thematic categories.  If you cannot find a particular resource, please email us at

Highlights: Showcases new and major reports and briefs (see below).

Data & Maps: Provides key health center data and maps by state as well as nationally.

Building Health Center Research Capacity: Showcases resources for both health center and academic partners to help build health center research capacity.

Health Centers in the Literature: Summaries of studies on health center access, quality of care, cost effectiveness, and health care disparities.

Tools & Resources: Tools include research collaboration information, community engagement information, health center mapping atlas, and research meetings and agenda.

Links: To affiliated organizations and government websites.


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

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Helping Health Centers Assess and Address the Social Determinants of Health: NACHC, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, the Oregon Primary Care Association, and the Institute for Alternative Futures are working together to create, implement, and promote a tool that goes beyond medical acuity to identify patient risks related to the social determinants of health.  Known as PRAPARE for Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients' Assets, Risks, and Experiences, it positions health centers and other providers to better understand and manage their patient populations with non-clinical services and partnerships that ultimately improve health outcomes and curb health care spending.

Latest Research on Health Centers Contained in New Chartbook: A Sketch of Community Health Centers: Chartbook December 2014 provides a graphical overview of the federal Health Center Program, including look-alike health centers, and the communities they serve. This chartbook displays figures documenting who health centers serve, what services they provide, and their accomplishments in improving access and delivering high quality, cost-effective care.  

New Infographics Showing Economic Impact of Federal Funding and Estimated Cuts with Primary Care Funding Cliff: To celebrate this year's National Health Center Week, a set of infographics demonstrate the economic impact health centers bring to their communities and the projected economic loss that would occur if the Primary Care Funding Cliff goes into effect.  A national infographic shows the economic impact of overall health center funding while another national infographic shows the economic impact of federal health center funding.  State infographics show the economic impact and economic loss by state.

New Infographic Highlights Health Centers' High Quality of Care: In a celebration of health centers for National Health Center Week, this infographic showcases health centers' high quality of care, how health centers achieve such high quality, and the results high quality of care brings to the community.

New Toolkit: Building Research Partnerships with Community Health Centers: A Toolkit for Academics: This modulized toolkit provides researchers with the information they need to understand how the health center model can support their research initiatives. 









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