Many of the smallest and most remote communities are deeply impacted by even small changes in the U.S. healthcare system and regular attention and action are needed to ensure a resilient system with the best health care possible. That is why every year for the past six years frontier advocates from all corners of the nation have gathered to explore timely issues related to frontier health care.

On July 27, 2017, frontier advocates met in Bellingham, WA to take an in-depth look at and discuss issues of importance to ensuring frontier health and well-being. Topics included: the changing nature of frontier demographics; Frontier Community Health Integration Project (F-CHIP); the impact of the Affordable Care Act repeal on the frontier; utilizing Community Health Workers(CHWs) in frontier and innovative approaches to CHW training, financing, job creation and demonstrating impact; and why integrating public health and primary health is important to frontier now more than ever. Presenters included: Harvey Licht, Victoria Cech, Scott Carlson, Kristin Juliar, Michael Meit, Susan Wilger and Benjamin Rasmussen.

This year’s meeting was made possible through funding by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and was planned by the National Center for Frontier Communities with NOSORH.

“Staying up to date and connected with other experts helps to ensure that the frontier will be well equipped to deal with changes and be resilient,” said Susan Wilger, Executive Director of the National Center for Frontier Communities. “The annual Frontier Partner Group meetings offer participants a chance to learn about the latest innovations that are working successfully in frontier communities.”

The presentations and notes from the meeting can be viewed here. To learn more about frontier health care and other frontier issues, visit or call (575) 597-0039.

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