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Resources by Topic: Frontier and remote areas

Frontier Counties
Printable map that shows the location of frontier counties nationwide. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.
Date: 2010
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers
Provides an overview of suicide in rural areas and discusses the role of primary care providers in suicide prevention. Focuses on identifying high risk rural counties and equipping rural primary providers to care for suicidal patients. Includes suicide risk data for five states based on rurality.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Jim Ciarlo, Jean Demmler, Christa Smith, Tamara DeHay
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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The Consensus Definition: 2007 Update
Update on a definition of frontier developed in 1997 that uses a weighted matrix to determine which areas are considered frontier. Discusses the use of the matrix in cooperation with the states.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Defining the Term "Frontier Area" for Programs Implemented through the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
An expert panel report to the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Provides an overview of current frontier definitions and describes the process used to develop a new frontier area definition that could be applied to telehealth programs.
Date: 05/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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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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