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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

A Compass for Families: Head Start in Rural America
Report details the importance of Head Start programs to rural communities. Discusses the services Head Start provides for rural families, such as child care, connection to health services, and transportation, among others. Features county level data and rural-urban comparisons.
Author(s): Rasheed Malik, Leila Schochet
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Market Characteristics Associated with Rural Hospitals' Provision of Post-Acute Care
Findings brief summarizing hospital- and market-level factors related to post-acute care (PAC) provided in rural hospitals from 2012-2015. Features statistics including number of rural Medicare cost reports from 2012-2015, PAC provision by census region in 2015, and percent of hospitals in frontier and remote areas in 2015 with breakdowns by type and PAC provision.
Author(s): Abby F. Hoffman, Randy K. Randolph, Alex R. Schulte, George H. Pink
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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QIOs in Action: Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Rural Alaska
Describes efforts of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Indian Health Service as they work together to provide education and resources to promote antimicrobial stewardship best practices among Alaska residents and providers.
Citation: QIO News
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Quality Improvement Organization Program
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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
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 19(4)
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Who Are Frontier Americans?
Provides an overview of the various definitions for frontier, including their development, definitions currently in use, and the need for specific frontier definitions. Includes demographic and economic characteristics of frontier areas.
Author(s): Ben Rasmussen
Date: 08/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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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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Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Eighth Edition
An overview of the health and healthcare in rural and frontier Nevada. Provides state and county-level data on the resident population, economic and social characteristics, insurance coverage, population health, healthcare workforce, and the healthcare delivery system.
Author(s): Tabor Griswold, John Packham, Anastasia Gunawan, et al.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
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