Frontier communities are the most sparsely populated, geographically isolated communities in the United States. The National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC) is the national advocacy voice for frontier communities across the country. We know that targeted, frontier-specific solutions need to be created and implemented to strengthen our regions. Our mission is to assure that frontier needs and voices are not only heard, but that they are a key part of the solutions.
We serve as a central point of contact for referrals, information exchange, and networking among geographically separated communities.
Frontier communities differ in many ways, but all of them are sparsely populated and far from larger population centers. NCFC gives a voice to people and programs in frontier communities and raises awareness of frontier issues to policy makers, agencies, and the public.
The toolkit was developed by the National Network for Rural and Frontier Capacity, consisting of the National Center for Frontier Communities, the University of New Mexico Office of Community Health, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, and … Continue reading
In his classic 1986 essay first published in the Yale review, NCFC board member Frank Popper offers a brisk, sweeping history of the American frontier and what it still means today. As relevant as it was nearly 30 years ago, Frank offers … Continue reading
Here are links to two FAR Methodology Webinar Presentations, these address some of the upcoming changes in the methodology as well as provide a comparative analysis between FAR Methodology and BPHC/CMS Criteria as presented by John Cromartie and Harvey Licht, … Continue reading
Sean Bruna et. al, 2014. This article examines the experience of a frontier-based community health center when it utilized the Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) for assessing social determinants of health with a local health consortium. … Continue reading
National Center for Frontier Communities, 2014. The National Center for Frontier Communities has been at the forefront of disseminating information about and gathering comments on the “frontier and remote” (FAR) methodology for identifying frontier areas. In this letter to the … Continue reading
Since January 2014, NCFC has been working with the Southwest New Mexico Food Policy Council to address food policy issues in four frontier New Mexico counties. The mission of the Council is to increase access to healthy, affordable food and … Continue reading