Research and Data

NACHC collects data, performs analysis, and applies information to empower communities in their efforts to improve health equity. 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.  Click here for NACHC’s research collaboration policy.

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New!  Health Centers’ Challenges with Vaccine Deployment in the First Three Months.  This new publication details health centers’ initial challenges with vaccine deployment and discusses possible challenges in the months to come.

New!  Health Center Staff and Patient Growth Over the Past Decade:  This infographic presents health centers’ staff and patient growth from 2010-2019 for mental health, vision, dental, substance abuse and medical services.

New! Health Centers Responding to COVID-19: 1 Year Review: This infographic presents health centers’ response to COVID-19 over the past year, from April 2020 to April 2021, and presents helpful information from this time period such as the number of patients tested and vaccinated, and how PPE supplies, testing result time and health center closures have changed over time.

New!  Community Health Center Chartbook 2021: 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.

New!  Community Health Centers’ Funding and Policies Brief.  The research team has authored a new brief that goes over the different funding and policies that support health centers, which include Federal Health Center appropriations, Medicaid, savings from the 340B Drug Discount Pricing Program, and recent federal COVID-19 relief.  This document highlights how each source contributes uniquely to health centers’ operations, growth, and innovation, as well as how they are all intertwined.

Community Health Centers are Economic Engines Infographic: This infographic highlights the economic contributions health centers made as well as the jobs they generated in 2019, at both a national level and at a state level. This document helps conceptualize the impact health centers make not only on the health but on the economic wellbeing of communities throughout the nation.

Health Centers’ Experienced and Anticipated COVID-19 Testing Challenges Report and Infographic: This report and associated infographic presents the findings from NACHC’s open call for information on health centers’ COVID-19 testing experiences. Specifically, the report discusses challenges with testing that health centers have experienced, strategies they took to overcome these challenges, and any challenges they anticipate encountering.  Testimonials from health center staff on these topics are also included. (10/28/2020)

Health Centers on the Frontline of COVID-19: The First 6 Months:  This infographic looks at health centers’ response to COVID-19 from the beginning of the pandemic in early April through early-October, and presents helpful information from this time period such as the number of patients tested, health centers’ testing capabilities, health centers’ telehealth and visit rates, and how many staff have tested positive over time(10/2020)

America’s Health Centers SnapshotA go-to resource describing the Health Center Program, patients served, and impact.

Updated!  Key Health Center Data by State:  This document presents key facts by state for 2020, including each states’ number of grantees, sites, total patients, total staff and visits, and health insurance proportions.

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.

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.

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.

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.