Milestone1:Form for Community Windshield Survey.


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1. Introduction

I found Florida community homestead suitable for this project since it surrounds the area setting of my workplace. In addition, the society is a small-sized, mostly composed of farming community although some parts have started to show indications of urban development. I have walked and driven through the area on numerous occasions, and sometimes I witness atmospheric changes. Furthermore, residents look ever busy during the day, majority concentrating on their business while few people are seen on the streets during the night time.


a. Vitality

Laborers are the most visible people in the society, either working with landscaping organizations or in the agricultural farms though some people are employed as workers in construction companies. Additionally, the majority of employees seemed to be adults who are over forty years, with young and adolescents mothers with infants forming the second largest population. Furthermore, a few elderly people walking or moving around using wheelchairs could be seen in the community (Grzybowski et al., 2011). Hispanics form the most dominant ethnicity group in this area. Individuals there dress clean garments, an indication that they believe in smartness. Moreover, It is hard to notice any signs of alcohol or drugs influence among the residents. Obese forms the most predominant group in the locality. Visitors were noted in the community particularly in hotels with fast foods that are not licensed by the state.

b. Social and Economic Conditions Indicators

There is a multi-family apartment building or apartment particular in the countryside part of the society, some bearing evidence of dilapidation. Moreover, there is new home which has been constructed at the center of the community. This proves that socioeconomic status of the people living in this area is relatively lower compared white in other parts (Mulder et al., 2010). Nevertheless, the society has many neighborhoods which comprise of apartment complexes as well as multifamily and single homes. The varying conditions of these families depend on environs. The many compounds exist which are used as section 8 building (Mulder et al., 2010). Most common means of transport is by use of buses and cars. Furthermore, the area has relatively safe means of transportation, and people can move many miles away. The area has ports which have some firms that provide employment to the local community members. Some new businesses have also been built in to give jobs to the residents. Many people are typically busy, and only a few are seen on the streets. Some homeless shelters are also available in the bus station where people can freely rest. Billboards are seen on the sides of the business and streets for political campaigns. I noted few hospitals posters which indicate that the health of the current overwhelming population is being taken care of. There are many public and private owned schools which include: two community colleges, all-male military, private institutions, and vocational nurses’ hospital university.

c. Health Resources:

The area has one mental facility owned by the state and two hospitals. In addition, there is variety of dental, family, night and chiropractic clinics, planned parenthood, Dialysis centers, nursing and rehabilitation centers, outpatient care units, and adult day care centers. The area also has Regional academic health centers and VA clinics where both fourth and third-year medical students are attached to complete their placement training.

d. Health Related Environmental conditions

Harlingen has uncollected garbage and lacks good sewerage system, a clear indication that both air and water in the area could be polluted. Moreover, due to lack of proper rural planning and poor agricultural practices, the area has poor drainage system which causes flooding during wet seasons. The housing conditions are also not favorable since most of the old buildings are almost collapsing. However, the area has good road system which allows easy transport of the patient to the hospitals. The community has parks and recreational facilities, and many people could be seen biking, walking or exercising. Young people play in the parks while women were seen pushing strollers. Teens could be noted in groups playing either basketball or football. Lastly, the community appeared generally healthy though some people have overweight.

e. Social Functioning:

The family is the basic social unit in the community. People live together specifically as per their extended families. A complete functioning family mostly composed of a man, wife, and children though gay families and single parents are common in the society. Women have the responsibility of caring for the children while men work as laborers (McManus et al., 2012). The obese subgroup is the most dominant social unit. There is enough evidence of community cohesiveness as children from different tribes could be seen playing together. Residents also come together during social gathering such games and sports. There is a community watch program with try to eliminate criminal activities in the area. People worship together in both churches and mosque. However, it crime could not be obviously observed.

f. Healthcare Attitude

Community member mostly depends on modern health care systems with established hospitals and clinics. It is not easy to identify whether the community uses traditional medicines or otherwise. Health resources are maximally utilized, and majority attends medical check-up frequently. Training facilities are also available to train nurses who offer medical services to the society. Many people practice physical exercise to maintain their health. Billboards for health centers are available, an evidence of an effort to improve community health.

3. Vulnerablepopulation

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an ultimate goal for all people, and many nurses have enough knowledge on what should be done to protect the community from the disease though the information does not translate into real behavior. Typically, vulnerable people face high societal or individual barriers in achieving healthy lives. The population which was identified in this community as most vulnerable are the elderly and low-income people (Cutter et al., 2006). Furthermore, these individuals have poor eating habits, and they hardly involve themselves in physical activities. It was observed that they are mostly sick, and they never access proper health care. In addition, the group appeared to be weak and hopeless, and is never involved in physical exercises such as sports and games.

4. Conclusion

To sum up, it is essential to ensure community health by conducting a regular windshield survey to get the general status of that society. After conducting this health assessment, it was realized that Harlingen has people who are living positively to ensure good health (Coats et al., 2015). However, some residents cannot afford proper health care due to socioeconomic factors such as poverty and ignorance. The government needs to increase health resources and come up with a health plan to ensure all people can access medical services.

5. References:

Coats, J. V., Stafford, J. D., Thompson, V. S., Javois, B. J., &amp Goodman, M. S. (2015). Increasing research literacy the community research fellows training program.&nbspJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics,10(1), 3- 12.

Cutter, S., Boruff, B. J., &amp Shirley, W. L. (2006). Social vulnerability to environmental hazards.&nbspHazards, Vulnerability, and Environmental Justice, 115-132.

Grzybowski, S., Stoll, K., &amp Kornelsen, J. (2011). Distance matters: a population based study examining access to maternity services for rural women.&nbspBMC health services research,&nbsp11(1), 1.

McManus, P., Walmsley, J., Argent, N., Baum, S., Bourke, L., Martin, J., … &amp Sorensen, T. (2012). Rural Community and Rural Resilience: What is important to farmers in keeping their country towns alive?.&nbspJournal of Rural Studies,&nbsp28(1), 20-29.

Mulder, P. L., Shellenberger, S., Streiegel, R., Jumper-Thurman, P., Danda, C. E., Kenkel, M. B., … &amp Hager, A. (2010). The behavioral health care needs of rural women.&nbspAmerican Psych

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