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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

National Characteristics of Emergency Medical Services in Frontier and Remote Areas
Outlines national characteristics for emergency medical services in frontier and remote (FAR) areas. Includes patient demographics, provider clinical impression and injuries, and procedures performed in FAR and non-FAR patients.
Author(s): Landon R. Mueller, John P. Donnelly, Karen E. Jacobson, et al.
Citation: Prehospital Emergency Care, 20(2), 191-199
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Evaluation of the Frontier Community Health Care Coordination Network Grant
Policy brief analyzing the effectiveness of using community health workers as community healthcare coordinators during a 3 year period (2012–2015) in frontier Montana. Includes recommendations to other communities that may consider implementing this model. Project was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Frontier Community Health Care Network Coordination (FCHCNC) grant program.
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Leading Change: Best Practices in Technical Assistance for Rural and Frontier Health-Care in an Era of Transformation
Provides resources, tools, and proven practices to augment technical assistance and support the development and implementation of services provided by State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), nonprofit organizations, and government agencies when working with rural and frontier health service organizations (HSOs).
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Designation of Frontier Health Professional Shortage Areas
Discusses the frontier-specific health professional shortage area designation and the unique characteristics attributed to frontier areas that may contribute to a more fragile healthcare delivery system and a greater need for healthcare professionals. Includes policy recommendations supporting an appropriate designation, improved healthcare access, and assistance in recruiting healthcare providers.
Author(s): Susan Wilger, Charlie Alfero
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Frontier and Remote (FAR) Level 4 Zip Code Areas, 2010
Printable map that identifies the frontier and remote (FAR) level four ZIP code areas in the United States. Data source: USDA Economic Research Service, 2015.
Date: 2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier and Remote (FAR) Level 3 Zip Code Areas, 2010
Printable map that identifies the frontier and remote (FAR) level three ZIP code areas in the United States. Data source: USDA Economic Research Service, 2015.
Date: 2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier and Remote (FAR) Level 2 Zip Code Areas, 2010
Printable map that identifies the frontier and remote (FAR) level two ZIP code areas in the United States. Data source: USDA Economic Research Service, 2015.
Date: 2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Frontier and Remote (FAR) Level 1 Zip Code Areas, 2010
Printable map that identifies the frontier and remote (FAR) level one ZIP code areas in the United States. Data source: USDA Economic Research Service, 2015.
Date: 2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Paediatric Trauma on the Last Frontier: An 11-Year Review of Injury Mechanisms, High-Risk Injury Patterns and Outcomes in Alaskan Children
Describes the development of a pediatric trauma system in remote, very rural, and urban Alaska from 2001 to 2011 using trauma data for all children 17 years and under. Includes comparative data for the type of injury and frequency, geographic region, high risk patterns, and outcomes.
Author(s): Christopher W. Snyder, Oliver J. Muensterer, Frank Sacco, Shawn D. Safford
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 73(1)
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Pediatric Emergency Care Capabilities of Indian Health Service Emergency Medical Service Agencies Serving American Indians/Alaska Natives in Rural and Frontier Areas
Analyzes the Indian Health Service's (IHS) emergency medical services (EMS) agencies providing services for children. Discusses the importance of EMS services for healthcare access and challenges IHS EMS agencies face.
Author(s): Andrea L. Genovesi, Betty Hastings, Elizabeth A. Edgerton, Lenora Olson
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 14(2), 2688
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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