Below are the requirements needed for successful completion of the
Windshield Survey Form.
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.
Indicators of social and economic conditions
Environmental conditions related to health
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).