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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Mapping Frontier and Remote Areas in the U.S.
Describes frontier and remote areas (FAR) zip codes used to denote remote and sparsely settled areas in the U.S. Covers the four levels of FAR areas.
Author(s): John Cromartie, David Nulph, Gary Hart
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Options for Rural Health Care System Reform and Redesign
Examines options for rural healthcare infrastructure in a changing health care environment and reflects on previous work around the Affordable Care Act. Includes a discussion of the Frontier Extended Stay Clinic (FESC) and Frontier Community Health Integration Project (F-CHIP).
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Austin, TX, September 26-28, 2012
Minutes from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) 72nd meeting, which included discussions on the following topics: border health, rural workforce opportunities for low-income rural residents, and future models of rural healthcare infrastructure (FESC and FCHIP).
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Community Health Worker Model for Care Coordination: A Promising Practice for Frontier Communities
Describes the Community Health Worker (CHW) model. Covers current care coordination policies and applications, and the role CHWs can play in care coordination in frontier communities.
Author(s): Susan Wilger
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Dental Therapists: A Promising Practice for Frontier Communities
Describes a class of allied dental health workers, dental therapists, who are working in frontier and rural areas of Alaska and Minnesota.
Author(s): Saskia van Hecke
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Behavioral Health Aides: A Promising Practice for Frontier Communities
Provides information on seven emerging behavioral health aide (BHA) models: care coordinators and case managers; support workers; mental health first aid certified laypeople; peer counselors and peer specialists; promotoras with supplemental behavioral health training; Alaska's BHA model; and behavioral health practitioners.
Author(s): Saskia van Hecke
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Frontier/Remote, Island, and Rural Literature Review
Highlights the evolution of the term frontier as it applies to remote, sparsely settled territory in the U.S. Discusses related definitions of rural relevant to creating a national frontier/remote and island geographic taxonomy.
Author(s): L. Gary Hart
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Innovative Primary Care Delivery in Rural Alaska: A Review of Patient Encounters Seen by Community Health Aides
Reviews outpatient visits to Community Health Aides (CHAs) and Community Health Practitioners (CHPs) from October 2004 to September 2006 to evaluate the scope of health problems seen by CHA/Ps in remote, rural Alaska to the Alaska Native population. Discusses how the program could serve as a healthcare delivery model for remote areas.
Author(s): Christine Golnick, Elvin Asay, Ellen Provost, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71(1)
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Kansas City, MO, June 18-20, 2012
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) 71st meeting, which included discussions on the following topics: health reform, services for the elderly, rural hospitals and infrastructure, frontier demonstration projects, child care, and Head Start.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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An Interview with Charles Alfero
The CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services and director of the National Center for Frontier Communities discusses life and work in the New Mexico frontier.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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