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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Defining Rural Population Health and Health Equity
Establishes a unified definition of population health and health equity in rural and frontier communities. Intended to educate rural health and clinical partners and to help engage rural health stakeholders in discussions to improve the health and well-being of rural people. Provides examples of community-based programs addressing health inequities.
Citation: NOSORH Issue Brief, 2(5), 1-4
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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North Dakota Frontier Counties
Map of North Dakota identifying the counties designated as frontier based on 2018 population estimates.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Enhancing Career Paths for Tomorrow's Radiation Oncologists
Presents several alternative or additional career paths for radiation oncologists. Details global health, radiation epidemiology, and frontier medicine among other paths.
Author(s): Neha Vapiwala, Charles R. Thomas, Jr, Surbhi Grover, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, 105(1), 52-63
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
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Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2019
Reports on nine variables used to describe the areas of unmet healthcare need and measure access to primary care, mental, and oral healthcare services in Oregon. Areas of unmet need are scored based on variables in three categories: availability of providers, ability to afford care, and utilization. Provides statistics and county-level information by service areas. For related maps, see the Areas of Unmet Health Care Needs map section.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Divided Ten Ways: A Review of Rural-Urban Classification Systems
Provides a high-level overview of core classification systems, and systems that are county-based, census tract-based, ZIP code-based, and municipal-based. Includes county-level maps with shadings indicating levels of population density, based on various definitions of the terms urban and rural.
Additional links: Appendix A - Wisconsin County Classifications, Appendix B - Wisconsin Census Tract Classifications, Appendix C - Wisconsin ZIP Code Classification, Appendix D - Municipal Classifications
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Rural Success: Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association, MT
Highlights a frontier Critical Access Hospital in Ekalaka, Montana, with a focus on their quality improvement efforts. Covers their plans for a new building, updated electronic health records system, antibiotic stewardship efforts, and training to improve Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC).
Citation: MBQIP Monthly, 1-2
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Opportunities to Advance Complex Care in Rural and Frontier Areas
Examines obstacles rural and frontier healthcare organizations face in providing complex care based on interviews with experts around the U.S. Focuses on rural social determinants of health, workforce shortages, and rural community relationships. Includes examples of models related to community collaboration, care coordination, social determinants of health, the health workforce, technology, and payment.
Author(s): Jim Lloyd
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Family Physicians' Contributions to Rural Emergency Care and Urban Urgent Care
Presents a study on the role of family physicians play in rural versus urban emergency departments. Compares rates in urban, large rural, small rural, and frontier facilities.
Author(s): Lars E. Peterson, James C. Puffer, Urooj Nasim, Stephen Petterson, Warren P. Newton
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(3), 295-296
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Ninth Edition
Provides an overview of the health and healthcare in rural and frontier Nevada. Offers state and county-level data on the resident population, economic and social characteristics, insurance coverage, population health, the healthcare workforce, and the healthcare delivery system.
Author(s): Tabor Griswold, John Packham, Laima Etchegoyhen, Victoria Young, Jordan Friend
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Nevada State Office of Rural Health, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
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AKVDRS Suicide Death Update - Alaska, 2012-2017
Details a study on the suicide death rate in Alaska from 2012-2017. Features rates for American Indian and Alaska Native, by substance use, and by region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 1
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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