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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Rural Family Physicians in Patient Centered Medical Homes Have a Broader Scope of Practice
Results of a study to determine whether rural family physicians in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices have a broader scope of practice than those in non-PCMH practices. Features statistics including physician characteristics and scope of clinical services, with breakdowns by PCMH and non-PCMH and by large rural, small rural, and frontier areas.
Author(s): Lars E. Peterson, Bo Fang
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Rural Family Physicians Have a Broader Scope of Practice than Urban Family Physicians
Results of a study to determine differences between rural and urban family physicians in scope of practice for clinical and procedural care in 2014 and 2015. Features statistics including physician characteristics and percentages of physicians providing various types of services and care, with breakdowns by metropolitan, large rural, small rural, and frontier areas.
Author(s): Lars E. Peterson, Bo Fang
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Colorado: Rural Health Facilities within County Designations, 2018
Identifies Colorado counties by rural, urban, and frontier designations and the location of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
Date: 01/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Arizona Frontier, Indian, Rural and Urban Primary Care Areas 2018
A map identifying rural, frontier, urban, and Indian primary care areas in Arizona.
Date: 2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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Arizona Frontier Special Area (SArea) 2018 Statistical Profile
Identifies the frontier areas in Arizona and provides data on the demographics, natality and infant mortality, and healthcare utilization of populations in those areas compared to rural and urban areas in Arizona. Includes data on health workforce to population ratios and healthcare facilities and services.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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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: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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The Future of the Frontier: Water, Energy & Climate in America's Most Remote Communities
Examines the demographic background of frontier areas in the U.S. using level two of the Frontier and Remote Area Code methodology (FAR2), in comparison to the nation as a whole. Describes the history, county-level planning issues, climate change, and water and energy concerns unique to frontier regions.
Author(s): Michael Borsellino, Glenn Davis, Brian Kempf, et al.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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