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 Center Chartbook, June 2018: This 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.

New! Health Centers and Medicaid Fact Sheet: Nearly half of all health center patients receive health insurance coverage from Medicaid and, in 2016, health centers served one in six Medicaid beneficiaries nationally. This data-driven fact sheet summarizes health centers’ role in the Medicaid program, including providing quality care and cost savings as well as the importance of adequate Medicaid payment. This fact sheet also provides a state-by-state summary of the Medicaid population served by health centers and the proportion of total Medicaid expenditures going to health centers.

Rising to the Challenge: Community Health Centers are Making Substance Use Disorder Treatment More Accessible than Ever: A brief highlighting how health centers are breaking down barriers to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and therapy, integrating behavioral health into their service delivery models, and partnering with other organizations for community-level solutions to SUDs. The brief also describes important policy supports that are needed to build on health centers’ contributions to battling the rise in SUDs, particularly opioid use disorders.

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.