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 Centers Meeting Rural Health Needs: This short fact sheet covers the barriers to care faced by rural communities and how Community Health Centers are helping to address those barriers: by focusing services on communities with the greatest difficulty accessing or affording care, innovating using telehealth technologies, and recruiting a wide range of health care providers to complement primary care, including dentists, pharmacists, and behavioral health professionals. Ultimately, health centers are achieving better improving outcomes for rural patients.

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 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.

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.