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Promising Practices


Field-Generated Promising Practices

The Health Center Resource Clearinghouse provides a space for “field-generated” promising practices, identified and submitted by HRSA funded TTA partners for use with the health center population and/or in the health center setting. These field-generated practices have been self-identified by the authoring/submitting organization and adhere to at least three of the criteria listed “here." Click the box at the bottom of this section to access these resources.

What is a Promising Practice? A promising practice is a model, program or activity with evidence of effectiveness in small-scale interventions or with the potential to generate actionable data that could assist in taking the practice to scale and generalizing the results to diverse populations and settings. 

Why pursue a national, public-facing Promising Practices effort? Through the identification and dissemination of operational promising practices, health center professionals can learn from one another about programs and services designed to enhance access to health care, and improve health outcomes and health equity, within the context of a learning health center system. Through the Clearinghouse site, health centers share success in “real-time” by showcasing an intervention, approach or practice with proven impact.

A promising practice should demonstrate at least three of the following:

  • Impact/Outcomes: Guidelines and protocols that have been successfully used by at least one organization and with an emerging positive track record of improved clinical or operational outcomes and insights
  • Satisfaction: Approach demonstrates effectiveness in increasing overall satisfaction for patients and/or staff
  • Data Collection mechanism: Provide initial data to support the establishment of benchmarks
  • Reduced Cost: Have the potential to lower the per capita costs of delivering care or services
  • Partnerships: The approach creates innovative, strong partnerships and maximizes efficiency
  • Operational Feasibility: Offer strategies that can be easily shared and implemented

HRSA-Identified Promising Practices

To support health centers improve quality and provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gathers promising practices. Instituting promising practices enhances the care provided to any population, and are especially valuable for underserved and vulnerable populations.

HRSA collects promising practices through a variety of sources including (1) operational site visits (OSVs), (2) strategic partners such as National Cooperative Agreements, Primary Care Associations, and Health Center Controlled Networks, and (3) HRSA Project Officers. Click one of the two boxes below to access resources.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit