The NACHC Research Department collects data, performs analysis, and applies information to empower communities in their efforts to improve public health. The NACHC Research Department 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.
View the tabs on your left to access Research Department publications, maps, training, and tools. Resources are grouped into thematic categories. If you cannot find a particular resource, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights: Showcases new and major reports and briefs.
Data & Maps: Provides key health center data and maps by state as well as nationally.
Health Centers in the Literature: Summaries of studies on health center access, quality of care, cost effectiveness, and health care disparities.
Tools & Resources: Tools include research collaboration information, community engagement information, health center mapping atlas, and research meetings and agenda.
Links: To affiliated organizations and government websites.
Are you interested in conducting research with NACHC or health centers? Please review NACHC's Research Collaboration Policy.
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New Infographic: Going Beyond Primary Care: Health Centers Transform Health Care in Local Communities: To celebrate this year's National Health Center Week, this infographic uses data and visual images to highlight the wide range of services health centers provide beyond primary care, including behavioral health care, dental, pharmacy, and enabling services. These services continue to set health centers apart from other providers while meeting the needs of their local communities.
New 2013 Chartbook: A Sketch of Community Health Centers: This chartbook provides a pictorial overview of the federal Health Center Program and the communities they serve and displays figures that document who health centers serve, what services they provide, and their accomplishments in improving access and delivering high quality, cost-effective care.
New Infographic on Health Centers and Patients: This new resource uses vivid figures and charts to provide a one-page overview of health centers and the patients they serve.
Why Health Centers Should Engage in Research and How to Get Started: NACHC and AAPCHO are pleased to release a brief written by Mary Oneha, the Chief Executive Officer of Waimanalo Health Center in Hawaii that provides the business case for health centers to engage in research. Drawing from the author's own experience and others, the brief outlines the benefits research brings to health centers, discusses how research fits into health centers' mission, and maps out the steps to take to get started in research.
Health Wanted: The State of Unmet Need for Primary Health Care in America: The U.S. may have one of the most technologically advanced health care systems in the world, yet millions of residents suffer from unmet health care needs and even preventable deaths. This report describes why so many Americans experience difficulties in accessing primary care, and the far-reaching health and cost consequences when people and communities are shut out of preventive medicine. This report also underscores one proven solution to unmet primary care needs - America's Community Health Centers - and the overwhelming demand for their services. An accompanying chartpack featuring the report's figures and maps may be found here.
Community Health Centers as a Local Prescription for Improving Quality and Lowering Costs: The issue brief tells the story of the health center payoff and underscores how health centers are a proven solution of a nation searching for better returns in health care delivery. Only with continued investment can they double in capacity, nearly triple the savings they bring to the health care system, and accumulate two and a half times the amount of economic growth.