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NACHC Research Provides Tools to Assist in Sharing the Community Health Center Story

NACHC’s research department recently developed and updated several tools that are now available on the NACHC website. These tools provide research and data that can help Community Health Centers paint a picture of the who they are and what they do, and the quality, affordable care they provide their patients.


 A Sketch of Community Health Centers, a chart book developed by NACHC, provides a pictorial overview of the Federal Health Center Program, documents who health centers serve, outlines the services they provide, and details health center’ accomplishments in improving access and delivering high quality, cost-effective care.

Studies on Health Centers, these summaries of new research related to health centers feature studies on reducing health disparities, quality of care, improving access to care, and cost-effectiveness. They include the following:

Reducing Disparities in Access to Primary Care and Patient Satisfaction with Care: The Role of Health Centers uses data from the 2009 Health Center Patient Survey and the 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel survey to examine patient satisfaction and access to care among different racial/ethnic and insurance coverage groups, health center patients and the low-income people they serve.

This study, which was published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, found that health centers are meeting the health care needs of vulnerable populations and reducing disparities in access to health care.


Value of Community Health Centers Study: Partnership HealthPlan of California Case Study, published by the California Primary Care Association, analyzes Medi-Cal claims data from 135,000 adults enrolled in a managed care plan in California to differentiate between health care system utilization of health center patients and non-FQHC patients. The study concluded that investments in FQHCs’ primary care bring value to the overall healthcare system through lower utilization of hospitals and ERs.


Community Health Centers at a Glance is a one-page infographic that summarizes the valuable role health centers play in their respective communities and provides statistics on the demographics Community Health Centers serve.

Follow at @nachcreaerch and use the #FQHCresearch hashtag to stay updated on new tools and studies from NACHC’s research department.