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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Health Equity Toolkit for Rural and Remote Communities
Educational toolkit outlining health equity and steps that rural and remote public health organizations can take to improve health equity. Discusses rural challenges impacting health equity. Offers a curriculum to support staff discussion sessions, procedures for conducting a community health survey, and a session evaluation tool. Email address required to access toolkit documents.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: OMNI Institute, Pitkin County Public Health, Silver Thread Public Health District
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Frontier Extended Stay Clinics (FESC) Demonstration
An overview of a completed CMS demonstration that looked at an enhanced clinic model in frontier areas to address the needs of seriously ill or injured patients who cannot be transferred to a hospital, or who need monitoring and observation for a limited period of time.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP)
An overview of a CMS demonstration to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in the most sparsely-populated rural counties with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare expenditures.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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PubMed Search: Frontier Rural Health Services
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of rural health services in frontier areas.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Defining the Frontier
Describes all of the major definitions of frontier and remote areas currently in use.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration
Describes the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) demonstration including the project purpose, legislation, eligible states, partners, and program contacts. The initial demonstration ended in July 2019. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorized a five-year extension period for participating Critical Access Hospitals.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier Extended Stay Clinics (FESC)
Describes the Frontier Extended Stay Clinic (FESC) program including the legislation, definition, project timeline, participants, early findings, and program contact information. The demonstration ended in April 2013.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier and Remote Area Codes: Data Set
Provides access to zip code-level frontier and remote area (FAR) codes to meet the need for delineation that is geographically detailed and adjustable for applications in diverse research and policy contexts.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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National Center for Frontier Communities Resource Library
Lists a searchable collection of reports, maps, and other publications relevant to frontier issues on various topics including health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Health and Healthcare in Frontier Areas Topic Guide
Provides information and resources related to frontier areas and frontier healthcare issues and challenges. Features frequently asked questions about issues pertaining to providing healthcare in frontier areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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