Tools and Resources for Research

Building Research Capacity at Health Centers

To address the emerging needs of community health centers participating in research, the Clinical Directors Network (CDN), the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Medical in partnership with The George Washington University (CTSI-CN), and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) came together to create several different resources.  These include:

Toolkit to Build Community-Academic Research Partnerships at Community Health Centers

This modulized toolkit provides researchers with the information they need to understand how the health center model can support their research initiatives and also how their unique populations and settings necessitate particular partnerships models.  The following modules in this toolkit provide a general overview of health centers, health center research experience, expectations and needs of health centers as research partners, and tips for engaging and establishing a research partnership.

Table of Contents

Full Toolkit


Module 1: An Introduction to the Community Health Center Model

Module 2: Health Center Research Experience and Needs

Module 3: Building Successful Health Center-Academic Research Partnerships


This project was supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Medical Center and The George Washington University (through the NIH CTSA program # UL1TR000075) with additional support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health.

Online Research Training Catalogue

This website (at contains free training resources and hand-on tools for community health centers interested in building their research capacity. Resources include:

* Research readiness assessments
* Building trusting partnerships between different organizations and institutions
* How to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between partners
* Disseminating research in community-appropriate ways
* Writing a federal grant proposal

The Research Training Catalog was sponsored in part by the Clinical and Translational Science at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), a joint effort by Children’s National Medical Center and The George Washington University.  (NCATS grant #s UL1RR031988 and KL2RR031987).

Health Landscape and Health Center Mapping Tool

An interactive web atlas that allows health centers the ability to create maps of their service areas, and even import their own data for mapping. HealthLandscape is available at

UDS Mapper

The UDS Mapper is an interactive web atlas designed to help inform users about the current geographic extent of U.S. federally (Section 330)-funded health centers.  The tool will assist in evaluating the geographic reach, penetration, and growth of the Section 330-funded Health Center Program and its relationship to other federally-linked health resources. The UDS Mapper is available at

International Health Center Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help strengthen the capacity of U.S. health centers to assist with international development and humanitarian assistance, and to help provide a guide for those interested in working abroad. The toolkit provides anecdotal guidance as well as resources to help health center staff and health center organizations develop their own unique niche in the international world. Provides helpful information for health centers already engaged in international activities and thosethat want to start.  Please email with any feedback, comments, or suggestions.

Uniform Data System

The Uniform Data System (UDS) is an annual reporting system used by all federally-funded health centers to report data on utilization, patient demographics, insurance status, managed care, prenatal care and birth outcomes, diagnoses, and financing. UDS assists with program management, policy development and overall accounting for the programs. It is maintained by the Bureau of Primary Health Care Office of Data, Evaluation, Analysis and Research, but is also available at NACHC. For more information, email

UDS Resources: