Advocacy

Frontier Communities often lack adequate representation at local, state and national levels due to geographic distance and proximity to policy makers, agencies and the general public.  While this has been an ongoing issue, it is not inevitable and can be rectified.

As a non-partisan organization, NCFC is uniquely positioned to communicate and connect with a broad range of federal, state and local organizations. We work with individuals, organizations and networks around the country to raise awareness of frontier issues and amplify the collective voice of the frontier to ensure sufficient representation at all levels.  We build advocacy into all of our programs and engage in specific advocacy campaigns when the need arises, such investments in frontier broadband infrastructure or ensuring adequate access to basic services like healthcare, emergency services and food. Additionally, we bring training and resources to frontier communities, allowing them to successfully engage in advocacy and promote issues important to frontier communities.

Are you aware of a frontier issue that could benefit from wider recognition and awareness? Could your community benefit from our organizing strategies? Let us know.

NCFC Advocacy Resources

Frontier Studio– The NCFC Frontier Studio is an annual studio run by board members and Professors Frank and Deborah Popper with graduate planning students of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.  The students research topics relevant to the frontier and NCFC’s work and publish an annual report.

Southwest New Mexico Food Policy Council– Possibly the only regionally focused policy council of its kind in the country, SWNMFPC has been strategically addressing systemic and policy issues to build a re-vitalized food economy and ensure food security for citizens across the region. The public policy issues addressed have implications for frontier communities across the nation.

Frontier Partners– A yearly convening of rural and frontier health experts from across the nation exploring timely and important issues related to factors that influence health care systems in the frontier.