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.
Since 2012, the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC) has convened an annual meeting of frontier innovators, practitioners and advocates. This year (2016) it was decided to discuss one frontier health issue in-depth, rather than considering multiple issues more generally. … Continue reading
By: Annika Olson “The mother and her newborn child will both be placed in a state-mandated group home,” the judge stated firmly, her eyes scanning the room. I was at a shelter hearing in downtown Tampa, Florida, listening to the … Continue reading
The National Center for Frontier Communities is proud to present the latest chapter in our ongoing efforts to help frontier regions retain their vitality and make the most of their inherent assets amidst an ever changing political landscape. Food Hubs … Continue reading
Definitions of frontier for specific state and federal programs vary depending on the purpose of the project being funded. Some of the variables that may be considered in classifying an area as frontier include population density, distance from a population … Continue reading
NCFC board member Carol Miller writes a pointed article about a proposed rule change that would greatly impact rural and frontier communities. “Health insurers could still participate in the federal Marketplace, even if some rural residents had to travel hours … Continue reading
In rural and frontier areas where mental health services are scarce and families face unique barriers to accessing care, schools play a significant role in providing or linking students and their families to mental health services. This Issue Brief explores … Continue reading