HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has charged the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) with establishing a National Resource Center (NRC) and creating an online resource repository to meet the information needs of professionals for the purpose of building stronger and healthier communities. The Health Center Resource Clearinghouse addresses the demands placed on a busy public health workforce by providing resources and tools to acquire and use targeted information on a daily basis.
The clearinghouse provides:
- An intuitive organizational structure. Consistent, well-developed structures make finding information easier. Appropriate structures are used to organize and deliver materials, while ensuring quality, accuracy, and currency. This clearinghouse uses an evidence-based structure that provides access to highly vetted content in intuitive ways for easy access.
- Acquisition supports. A guided approach to searching is important to ensure that professionals retrieve the most relevant resources. This clearinghouse provides interactive and technical supports to ensure users understand how to use resources and have the ability to receive further assistance.
- Quality standards. Busy professionals report that a barrier to finding online resources is not having the time to weed out materials that are irrelevant, outdated, or of poor quality. This clearinghouse curates high-quality materials in light of the explosion of resources available on the Internet, many of which are of lower quality.
- The right information at the right time. The need to find “what you need, when you need it” is critical. This clearinghouse provides a focused body of resources for users, so that they can select materials that are appropriate to their needs, knowledge, and skill level.