Health Status of the Community: Community Assessment

Health Status of the Community: Community Assessment

Health Status of the Community: Community Assessment. After completing your windshield assessment, use internet resources to learn about the demographic makeup of your community. For this assignment find the following information.

  • Population Characteristics: (Census Data) Total population; Population by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, occupation, socio-economic status.
  • Health status (morbidity & mortality data): pregnancy outcomes; by age, gender, race; noted health disparities
  • What are the leading causes of illness and death in your community?
  • List three health problems in this community that should be of concern to the nurse
    • Describe at least one primary prevention intervention for each health problem
    • Describe at least one secondary prevention intervention for each health problem
    • Describe at least one tertiary prevention intervention for each health problem
    • Compare and contrast the information the census and health status data with your Windshield Survey observations (quantitative data)
    • Answer: How does this information help to guide your health promotion activities for individuals and families who live in this community?

Resources

US Census Bureau Quick Facts  (Links to an external site.)

 

CDC Sortable Health Stats (Links to an external site.)

This site is an interactive database with data on 31 Behavioral Risk Factors; and, provides easy access to extensive public health data on state/region. Enables comparison with other states/regions and the nation.

County Health Rankings (Links to an external site.)

 

Apply mortality and morbidity rates to determine the most common health conditions in a community

Health Status of the Community: Community Assessment

Many factors drive health (i.e., social determinants) such as how much people drink and smoke, what sort of health care they have access to, economic and environmental conditions (i.e., employment opportunities, air quality, water pollution). This website can provide information as to how well your county is doing and factors contributing to this performance.

This assignment builds on qualitative information obtained through the windshield survey and key informant reports regarding the community. Quantitative data will be obtained including incidence and prevalence rates along with morality and morbidity rates to determine the health status of the community.

Objectives:

After completing this assignment the student will

  • Differentiate incidence and prevalence rates.
  • Apply mortality and morbidity rates to determine the most common health conditions in a community.
  • Identify health disparities in a community with corresponding interventions for the three levels of prevention.
  • Discuss social determinants that contribute to these health disparities