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The Health Center Program: Uniform Data System (UDS)



What is the UDS?
A core set of information appropriate for reviewing the operation and performance of health centers.

Data Collected
UDS tracks a variety of information, including patient demographics, services provided, staffing, clinical indicators, utilization rates, costs, and revenues. UDS data are collected at the grantee, state, and national levels.

Grantees Required to Report
The UDS is a reporting requirement for grantees of the following HRSA primary care programs:

  • Community Health Center
  • Migrant Health Center
  • Health Care for the Homeless
  • Public Housing Primary Care

Use of Data
The data are reviewed to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, improve health center performance and operations, and report overall program accomplishments.. The data help to identify trends over time, enabling HRSA to establish or expand targeted programs and identify effective services and interventions to improve the health of underserved communities and vulnerable populations. UDS data are compared with national data to look at differences between the U.S. population at large and those individuals and families who rely on the health care safety net for primary care. UDS data also inform Health Center Program grantees, partners, and communities about Health Centers and their patients.