Community Windshield Survey
Guidelines for Caring for Populations Milestone 1:
Community Windshield Survey
The purpose of this assignment is to complete a direct observational assessment of a community in your area. This windshield survey will be the initial step in uncovering a community health problem in your area and identifying community dynamics. This problem will be further assessed in the following two assignments.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO2: Assess the health needs of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities using demographic and epidemiological data to identify population health risks. (PO 4)
Submit to the appropriate basket in the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 2.
Points: 150 points
1. Download the NR443 Community Windshield Survey form from Doc Sharing. You will type your name and answers directly onto this Word document. Your form does not need to follow APA formatting; however, you are expected to use a professional writing style with complete sentences, accurate grammar, and correct spelling. If references are used, they must be cited in the text and the complete reference should be included in the reference box in APA format. References are optional.
2. Watch Caring for Populations project overview and Milestone 1 tutorial by clicking this link. This tutorial is also available on Course Project page under Course Home as well as Week 2 Assignments page.
3. Save the file by clicking Save as and adding your last name to the file name; for example, NR443 Windshield Survey Form_Smith.
4. Submit the completed form to the Caring for Populations: Community Windshield Survey Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 2.
5. Length: The completed form should be three to four pages in length (not including any optional references).
Below are the requirements needed for successful completion of the Windshield Survey Form.
1. Introduction to the Community:Identify the community you will be using for this assignment with the city and state and provide a brief one paragraph description of the community. Your community should be the area where you live or the area surrounding your work setting. The community must include a residential area and be broad enough to answer the survey questions. You do not need demographic data.
2. Windshield Survey: Assess your community by doing a windshield survey. Information about the components of a windshield survey is located in your textbook, Nies & McEwen (2015) on page 98 (Box 6-2). Drive through the area and report your observations by describing each of the following six areas using a majority of the questions from each category of Box 6-2 as your guide (one to two in depth paragraphs for each category). Be sure to include what you observed related to each of these categories, and also include any significant items that are missing in your community because this may be equally important in identifying a community health problem.
a. Community vitality
b. Indicators of social and economic conditions
c. Health resources
d. Environmental conditions related to health
e. Social functioning
f. Attitude toward healthcare
Note: It is helpful to conduct this assessment at least two different times: during the day or evening, on a weekday and/or on the weekend. If possible, plan on asking someone to drive during your survey so that you can take notes.
3. Conclusion: Provide a summary of your findings. Describe significant community health problems based on your observations. The information gathered during the windshield survey should assist you to identify community health problems that will be further assessed in the next assignment.
4. References: The purpose of this assignment is to document your observations of your community. Outside sources are not required. However, if sources are used, these sources must be cited within the form (Author, year) and listed in the reference section in APA format (see APA category in Course Resources for help with formatting).
Best Practices in Completing the Form
The following are best practices in preparing this project.
· Make sure all elements of the form are included.
· Review directions and grading rubric below thoroughly.
· Cite any outside references as above (these are optional).
· Use a professional writing style with complete sentences.
· Proofread prior to final submission.
· Check for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission.
· Abide by the Chamberlain academic integrity policy.