A community assessment provides the nurse knowledge of the community of interest. The characteristics of the community and relevant public health data provide valuable information related to the health and well-being of the population who live within it. A community assessment is the equivalent of a head-to-toe assessment, but instead of assessing an individual, you are looking at characteristics that define a community. The Community Tool Box website (Section 21; Windshield and Walking Surveys) will guide you as you conduct a modified community assessment.
Find a friend or someone to drive you through the community. As you travel through your community, take note of features that highlight the community’s unique characteristics.
As you explore your community, you will observe the influence of multiple factors that influence the health of the community’s population.
Aspects to observe in a modified community assessment can include:
- Physical environment
- Safety and transportation
- Politics and government
- Health and social services
- Differences among neighborhoods or areas of the community that reflect socioeconomic status, culture, and ethnicity
Prepare a 15-slide (excluding title and reference slides) PowerPoint® presentation that addresses the characteristics of the community that you assessed. The final content slide should highlight key indicators that reflect the health of the community.
The PowerPoint presentation should include photographs, illustrations, and bullet points. Speaker’s notes must accompany each slide and be at least 100 words in length. You must include at least three scholarly, supporting references, cited within the speaker’s notes and included on the reference slide.
Before finalizing your work, you should:
- be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above);
- consult the Grading Rubric (under the Course Resources) to make sure you have included everything necessary; and
- utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.
Your writing Assignment should:
- follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
- be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;
- display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics; and
- use APA 6th Edition formatting for citations and references.
Refer to the Assignment Grading Rubric under Course Resources for grading criteria.
Submit your Assignment to the Assignment Dropbox before midnight on the last day of the unit. Note: Dropbox file size is limited to 1 GB.