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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Impact of Seasonal Population Variations on Frontier Communities: Maintenance of the Healthcare Infrastructure
Provides findings from three case studies of frontier communities with seasonal population variations: Skagway, Alaska; Quartzsite, Arizona; and Lake City/Hinsdale County, Colorado. Discusses the experiences of these communities in meeting the health care needs of the permanent local population and seasonal residents and visitors.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Emergency Medical Services in Frontier Areas: Volunteer Community Organizations
Provides information on paid and volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in frontier and rural areas. Discusses challenges facing volunteer EMS systems and provides examples of different types of programs from several states.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Addressing the Nursing Shortage: Impacts and Innovations in Frontier America
Discusses the nursing shortage and how it affects rural and frontier communities. Includes strategies to address the shortage and maps of hospital nurse shortage areas.
Date: 12/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Professional Pioneering on the Frontier
Discusses challenges of being the only psychologist in a rural area, the need for being personable, and ways to maintain ethical standards.
Author(s): Karen Kersting
Citation: APA Monitor on Psychology, 34(6), 68
Date: 06/2003
Type: Document
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Frontier Youth: Living on the Edge
Overview of high-risk behaviors among rural and frontier youth, including teen alcohol and substance use and abuse, weapons carrying and violence, sexual activity, violent behavior and victimization, suicide, and educational attainment and dropout rates.
Date: 04/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Location of Frontier CAHs, Certified through January 1, 2003
Shows Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) located in counties with fewer than seven people per square mile.
Date: 2003
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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2000 Update: Frontier Counties in the United States
Describes the development of a definition of "frontier" by the Frontier Education Center and a group of frontier providers and policy experts. Statistics based on the 2000 U.S. Census regarding the number of frontier counties, and land and population distributions are included.
Date: 2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Geography of Frontier America: The View at the Turn of the Century
Discusses the definition of frontier. Provides an overview of frontier issues, including health care resources, land ownership, and the frontier economy.
Date: 01/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier: A New Definition
Discusses the definition of frontier, based on population density, distance to the closest market for services, and travel time. Also describes the process by which this definition was developed. Includes a matrix that can be used to determine frontier status.
Date: 04/1998
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Partnerships Key to COVID-19 Vaccinations in Rural and Frontier Central Idaho
Describes how a public health district in rural Idaho worked with trusted community organizations to encourage acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination and improve access.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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