Community Health Assessment
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Finding the correct medication is not always the answer when it comes to improving health. Changing your surroundings might be necessary at times. Many people in the United States live in areas with insufficient access to basic services such as grocery shops, medical clinics, and places to get some exercise. Health improvement for a whole community may be a challenging endeavor due to the complexity of modern urban centers. “A key problem is that we do not have a best practices model for place-based treatments,” the authors write.
The first step in improving community health is figuring out what the community values most (Sharpe, Greaney,2020). All the people who live there need and benefit from the sense of community that exists there. Stories about the people and places inside the community may be gleaned from their physical layout. All of these lives have the potential to flourish or wither away. A community health assessment is necessary for uncovering the community’s hidden histories. Insights like this will help medical professionals better serve the people in their communities. This report on the condition of the community of Jordan, Minnesota, compiles data from a variety of sources. The data were gathered by a windshield poll of local residents. Health care requirements in (Jordan, Minnesota) can be better understood, and the community’s strengths, weaknesses, and unique traits can be more clearly depicted.
General Condition and Public Health Needs
Assessing the health of a community can provide important information about the community’s health-related relationships, problems, and resources. With a population of 5,981 and a median household income of $66,818, Jordan, Minnesota, is a small town that falls under the category of “rural town” (Menden, et al., 2019). If I were doing a windshield survey, I would be sure to include the city hall, every school, library, hospital, church, park, leisure center, store, and shopping mall. Parks, neighborhoods, and city streets are all examples of Jordan City settings that are pertinent to our discussion. These things matter because of the atmosphere they create for locals. All the spaces get regular use from the locals. The survey is limited by its inability to directly question community members. For example, I worry about my own safety if I have to go slowly by in order to collect all the data for the survey. From the results of the poll, I have concluded that this is a community that is expanding and experiencing healthy economic growth. One might see their family or business flourishing in the city.
There were a few things that sprung into my head when I was doing the windshield survey that I’d like clarified. How many youngsters in this area move on to higher education? What percentage of the population enjoys good health? Technological and financial issues would be the focus of community health care. Because of its limited population, I assume that little community lacks modern conveniences. In Jordan, APRNs might find a variety of job openings. Since it is a very compact community, there is also the potential for medical facilities like hospitals and clinics to become overcrowded (Shin, et al., 2019). It seems to me that everyone in this town knows one other.
They have a system in place, and it works well, and they are also willing to adapt and grow in order to accommodate more business and access to its people. The community’s eagerness to add new things to the empty spaces is a strong indicator. Community health is influenced by social variables such as the accessibility of essentials like education, employment, and medical care. The health community may benefit immensely from doctors and nurses spreading knowledge throughout the community. Changes in the population are only one example of how demographics may impact society. Changes in the social environment can occur when there is an increase or reduction in the population.
In terms of data, the information gathered from the city of Jordan will be structured in an excel spreadsheet, while the other information will be presented in a powerpoint presentation. My intended audience has certain information requirements and expectations in the areas of economic growth, educational opportunities, and health care. This windshield analysis provided me with knowledge of the local area’s condition based on the data gathered from several sources. Performing a community health assessment paves the way for its normal implementation, which in turn paves the way for the changes required and decision-making activities (Menden, et al., 2019). Everybody, from businesses to people, may expand their horizons. But the technological age and the progress of society are not without their problems. A major take away from this poll is the importance of education and experience in community survival. Each group needs a unique set of resources in order to flourish.
Community participation is essential to the effectiveness of place-based treatments. This is very much in the vein of community-based participatory research, an approach to doing research in which community members themselves choose which questions need answering.
Menden, M. P., Wang, D., Mason, M. J., Szalai, B., Bulusu, K. C., Guan, Y., … & Saez-Rodriguez, J. (2019). Community assessment to advance computational prediction of cancer drug combinations in a pharmacogenomic screen. Nature communications, 10(1), 1-17.
Sharpe, P. A., Greaney, M. L., Lee, P. R., & Royce, S. W. (2020). Assets-oriented community assessment. Public Health Reports, 115(2-3), 205.
Shin, H., Lee, S. J., Lee, Y. N., & Shon, S. (2019). Community health needs assessment for a child health promotion program in Kyrgyzstan. Evaluation and program planning, 74, 1-9.
Identify the social determinants of health in a community.
Identifies the social determinants of health in a community. Draws well-reasoned conclusions from credible evidence and articulates underlying assumptions and uncertainties.
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