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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2019 Survey of Community Health Centers

Thank you to all the health center staff who recently completed a national survey 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. The survey focused 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.

The survey is now closed and the first publication of findings will be available by early September, which will focus on the impact for health centers if federal 330 funding is not reauthorized by October 1st, 2019.

The survey questionnaire (now closed) is available here.


New! America’s Health Centers Fact Sheet, 2019: This fact sheet and infographic is a short explainer on what defines a health center, who they serve, their impact on patients, and the value they add to the health care system. Click here to view the sources for the fact sheet.

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.

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.