Research & Data

Research & Data

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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

Highlights: Showcases new and major reports and briefs (see below).

Data & Maps: Provides key health center data and maps by state as well as nationally.

Building Health Center Research Capacity: Showcases resources for both health center and academic partners to help build health center research capacity.

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 Infographics Showing Economic Impact of Federal Funding and Estimated Cuts with Primary Care Funding Cliff: To celebrate this year's National Health Center Week, a set of infographics demonstrate the economic impact health centers bring to their communities and the projected economic loss that would occur if the Primary Care Funding Cliff goes into effect.  A national infographic shows the economic impact of overall health center funding while another national infographic shows the economic impact of federal health center funding.  State infographics show the economic impact and economic loss by state.

New Infographic Highlights Health Centers' High Quality of Care: In a celebration of health centers for National Health Center Week, this infographic showcases health centers' high quality of care, how health centers achieve such high quality, and the results high quality of care brings to the community.

New Toolkit: Building Research Partnerships with Community Health Centers: A Toolkit for Academics: This modulized toolkit provides researchers with the information they need to understand how the health center model can support their research initiatives. 

New Report: Access Is the Answer: Community Health Centers, Primary Care, and the Future of American Health Care: This report documents that 62 million people--many with insurance--experience poor access to primary care due to local shortages of such physicians.  It describes how health centers have kept this number from increasing, how they overcome multiple barriers to care, and how they can reach 35 million patients by 2020.

New Fact Sheet: The Medically Disenfrancised and the Shortage of Primary Care: This fact sheet highlights one indicator of unmet need for primary care: who experiences local shortages of primary care providers, where they live, and how many of them there are.








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