Individuals living in rural and frontier areas often encounter unique challenges to obtaining high quality healthcare, such as long distances to health care facilities, difficult terrain, and shortages of health professionals. 

Barriers such as these may lead to delays in receiving health care and poorer health outcomes.  In addition, populations living in rural and frontier areas are at an elevated risk of health problems such as suicide and hypertension. 

Altarum Institute has worked extensively with rural health care systems and populations and has a deep appreciation of the unique needs and challenges experienced by providers and patients in rural and frontier locales. 

This appreciation is matched by expertise in designing effective research for rural settings; collecting and analyzing data from multiple sources about rural health care facilities, the care they deliver and the patients they serve; and an understanding of the array of techniques used to improve access to health care in rural and frontier areas.