On November 5, 2012, a new methodology for identifying “frontier and remote” (FAR) areas was released by the the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FAR methodology uses travel time to population centers to categorize areas as FAR level 1-4. The aim is to provide a geographically detailed, multi-level delineation of frontier areas for use in policy and research.
NCFC participated in requests for input both before and after the FAR methodology was released, see our comments on the methodology and our letter to the issuing agencies following their final comments.
NCFC also organized a webinar on the methodology in partnership with the National Rural Health Association and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. The webinar was held during the public comment period on FAR to allow frontier stakeholders to learn more about the methodology and facilitate well informed public comments. A second webinar is being planned for January 2015 to learn more about the updates that have been made to FAR since its release 2012.