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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

North Dakota Frontier Counties
Map of North Dakota identifying the counties designated as Frontier based on 2016 population estimates.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Frontier Health System
Discusses the challenges to providing care in frontier communities and offers solutions for improving access to and the delivery of care. Proposes the creation of a frontier-specific accountable care organization (ACO), the Frontier Health System (FHS), that provides traditional ACO services along with transportation, swing bed, home-based care, expanded visiting nurse services, and more.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Health Impacts of Methamphetamine Use in Alaska
Presents a report on methamphetamine use in Alaska. Analyzes rates of usage and mortality by demographics, such as age, race, and region of the state, among others.
Author(s): Laura Coughlin, Deborah Hull-Jilly
Location: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 19(4)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities
Recorded webinar highlighting Alaska's state initiatives and projects surrounding suicide awareness, prevention, and post-prevention programming. Includes strategies to engage rural and remote communities and alternative school coalitions to address suicide prevention.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Download Video Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Sharon Fishel
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document, Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2017
Provides an explanation of the methods used to inform the Areas of Unmet Health Care Need report, which measures medical underservice in rural areas and allows state and community partners to prioritize resource allocation. Areas of unmet need are scored based on variables in three categories: availability of providers, ability to afford care, and utilization. Information is sorted by service area and represented in numerous maps and charts.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration Fact Sheet
Provides an overview of the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration, which will test new models of health care delivery in the most sparsely populated rural counties. Identifies the participating Critical Access Hospitals and the interventions they will address.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Frontier Behavioral Health: Innovations, Challenges and Solutions
Summarizes the discussion focused on the state of frontier behavioral health systems that occurred during a National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC) meeting of frontier researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Includes slide presentations on topics affecting frontier behavioral health: certified community behavioral health clinics, community engaged behavioral health planning, and the prevention of opioid abuse.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Definition of Frontier
A policy paper discussing the various definitions of frontier, and the methodologies for determining the different definitions. The intent of this paper is to support state and federal programs in their selection of the most appropriate definition to attain their program goals.
Author(s): Susan Wilger, National Center for Frontier Communities
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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The Feasibility of a Regional Food Hub for Southwest New Mexico: Ideas for Rural and Frontier Communities
A study to determine the viability of developing a food hub for rural and frontier regions. Interviews were conducted with farmers to gauge their interest and capacity to support a food hub, and with food service directors to review the requirements of food vendors, and their participation and interest in purchasing local foods from a regional food hub.
Author(s): Benjamin Rasmussen, Susan Wilger
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Oregon Rural And Frontier Health Facility Listening Tour 2016
Provides an overview of the common issues and themes discovered through the Oregon Office of Rural Health's 2016 rural and frontier health facility listening tour. Focuses primarily on issues related to workforce and access, and includes several maps that highlight important indicators.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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