Ommunity Needs Assessment for the Population of Little Havana

NUR 4636: Community Health Nursing
Community Needs Assessment Guidelines

Directions: Student will conduct a community needs assessment by choosing a specified community of choice to assess. Students are to write a formal paper in narrative format with subtitles making it clear that each area of the need assessment has been covered.. This assignment should include great detail about the community you are assessing. Your textbook can be an excellent reference as well as the city governmental website related to that community. This assignment is due to instructor: November 30, 2011 via email before 5:00 class time. Papers are to be submitted electronically in APA format with a Power-point Presentation summarizing the Community Needs Assessment Paper which is attached. Grades will be based on how detail and clear the assessment is based on the guidelines listed below.

Name of Community Assessed:________________________ Date of Assessment:________

1. Overview
A. Description of the Community
i. History of Community (based on city records or interview process)
ii. Type of Community: Urban, Suburban, or Rural

2. Physical Environmental Considerations: The Community As A Place
A. Description: general identifying data
i. Location
ii. Topographical features
iii. Climate

B. Boundaries, area in square miles (use your car to measure distance)

C. Environment
i. Sanitation: water supply, sewage, garbage, trash
ii. Pollutants, toxic substances, animal reservoirs or vectors, flora and fauna
iii. Air quality: color, odor, particulates
iv. Food supply: sources, preparation
v. Potential disaster in the population
vi. Extent of disaster preparation in the population

D. Housing
i. Types of housing (public or/ and private)
ii. Condition of houses (outside view)
iii. Percent owned, rented, vacant and for sale signs out front
iv. Housing for special populations
a. Near homeless shelter
b. Homeless living on the street
c. Elder-Care Center/ Assistant Living Centers

E. Leading industries and occupations for employment

3. The People of the Community
A. Population profile
i. Total population for _______________ ( year of last census count)
ii. Population density
iii. Population changes over the past 10 years
iv. Population per square miles
v. Mobility
vi. Types of Families

B. Biological Consideration/ Vital and demographic population characteristics
i. Age composition
ii. Sex distribution
iii. Race distribution
iv. Ethnic group composition and distribution
v. Mortality Characteristics
a. Annual birth and crude death rate
b. Agespecific death rate
c. Infant mortality rate
d. Maternal mortality rate
vi. Causespecific death rate (specific health area)
vii. Leading causes of morbidity
a. incidence rate (specific diseases)
b. Prevalence rate (specific diseases)

C. Psychological Considerations
i. Significant historical event
ii. Future economic prospects
iii. Formal and Informal Communication Network
iv. Rates of Suicide and Homicides for specific subgroups within the
v. Adequacy of protective services
vi. Common Sources of Stress (e.g. unemployment, lack of affordable

D. Sociocultural Considerations: The Community As a Social System
i. Socioeconomic status
a. Income of average family
b. Major occupations
c. Estimated level of unemployment
d. Percent below poverty level
e. People retired

ii. Educational Level
a. Religious distribution
b. Marriage and divorce rates
c. Language

E. Government and Leadership
i. Type of government (mayor, city manager, board of commissioners)
ii. City offices (location, hours, services, access)

F. Education
i. Public educational facilities
ii. Private educational facilities
iii. Libraries
iv. Services for special populations
a. Pregnant teens
b. Adults with special problems
c. Children and adults who are developmentally disabled
d. Children and adults who are blind and/ or deaf

G. Transportation

H. Behavioral Considerations
i. Consumption patterns (general nutritional level of the population)
ii. Leisure pursuit
iii. Other health-related behaviors (e.g. frequency of seat belt use)

I. Health System Considerations
i. Identify existing services
ii. Assessing current level of performance
iii. Availability and accessibility of specific types of health care services
iv. Health needs lacking services
v. Extend to which health care services are overused and underused
vi. Financing of health care
Please make sure that the project is done in APA format. The area is Little Havana in Miami, Florida.
See above guidelines.
Thank you.