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Conduct a windshield survey to identify a population and its primary health concern. Develop a 3–5-page report that explains demographic changes for a population and describes the health disparities and social determinants of health that can affect the population.

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By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Explain the principles and concepts of disease prevention and health promotion for diverse and vulnerable populations.
    • Describe a vulnerable or diverse population living within a neighborhood or community.
    • Describe disease prevention and health promotion for a vulnerable or diverse population.
  • Competency 4: Examine the ethical, legal, and economic factors related to health disparities in diverse and vulnerable populations.
    • Identify health disparities and social determinants of health that can affect a vulnerable or diverse population.
  • Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the health care professions.
    • Describe the overall condition of a neighborhood or community.
    • Write content clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, APA formatting, and mechanics.
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    As the population of the United States grows more diverse, the health care workforce must increase awareness of cultural differences and the overall shift in the demographics of the entire population. To provide high-quality health care to a community or population, health workers and educators must be competent in their understanding of the relevant characteristics of its ethnic or cultural groups. The ability of nurses to deliver high-quality care to a diverse population will influence health prevention and the treatment of illness.Show Less

    Windshield Surveys

    A windshield survey helps you create a portrait of the people who live within a specific neighborhood or community. This is an inexpensive, time-efficient way to assess and better understand a community and the people who live within that community. Understanding the demographics of a community will help you determine the kinds of health-related issues that are likely to exist, so you can plan the most appropriate types of wellness programs, health education, and disease prevention.
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    To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
    • What are the most important things to know about a population in order to address health care needs?
    • What vulnerable and diverse populations are present in your community?
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    • Pérez, M. A., & Luquis, R. R. (Eds.). (2014). Cultural competence in health education and health promotion (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
      • Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and 9.
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    Over the past few years, leadership for the health care organization for which you work has noticed a distinct change in the population served by the organization. Leadership wants to make sure they are addressing the needs of this population. You have been asked to participate on an interdisciplinary team that is charged with learning how the population has changed and what needs to be done within the organization to develop a wellness education program that will target the needs and concerns of the population. Your first step in this process is to conduct a windshield survey and report your findings back to your team.A windshield survey is an inexpensive, time-efficient way to assess and better understand a community and the people who live within that community. Understanding the demographics of a community will help you determine the health-related issues that are likely to exist so you can plan the most appropriate types of wellness programs, health education, and disease prevention programs. Windshield surveys are done by making visual observations of a neighborhood or community while driving; hence the name. This type of survey lets you observe the housing conditions, use of open spaces, shopping, schools, types of transportation, human services, protective services, and other aspects of the overall daily life of a community.Before you start, you need to identify the boundaries of the neighborhood or community you plan to observe. For the purposes of this course, you should keep the size of the area to no more than 2–3 square miles. The area should be large enough for you to gather relevant information, but small enough that your observation does not take you more than 1–2 hours. With this size, it is not necessary to use a car to complete the survey; you can also walk or bike. Whichever method you use, be mindful of your personal safety. It may be helpful to map out the route you will take ahead of time. It can also be helpful (and safer) to have another person do the driving while you observe and make notes.Once you are on the route, start making observations right away. Stop frequently to write down notes. A template is provided in the Required Resources to help you document your observations.The timing of your observation can be important in helping you focus on specific items. If possible, consider conducting your survey more than once at different times of the day. For example, if you make your observations too early in the morning, you may miss things that take place later in the day that provide a different perspective of the neighborhood. It is also important to be as objective as possible when making your observations.


    • Conduct the windshield survey, using the template located in the Required Resources for this assessment.
    • Use the template as a guide to write a report for your team. If possible, look at other written documents used within your organization. How are they formatted? Follow that format as closely as possible, making sure you still use APA guidelines for your in-text references, citations, and reference page.
    Based on your observations and notes from your survey experience, write a report that includes the following:
    • Describe, briefly, the neighborhood or community you observed (overall condition, types of spaces and businesses, evidence of services, and so forth).
    • Describe a vulnerable or diverse population you observed living within the neighborhood or community.
    Now you will need to do some research on the population you described:
    • Explain how the demographics for the population have changed over the past 5–10 years. Note: This information should be readily available through the United States Census Bureau, similar state Web sites, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or other professional sites. Be sure your information is current.
    • Describe the most prevalent health risks for the population. For example, if your population is senior citizens, then the health risks might be diabetes and loss of mobility. Include statistics on the health risks, such as frequency of occurrence in the population and number of deaths per year in the population.
    • Identify the health disparities and social determinants of health that can affect the population. In other words, what will you need to overcome to develop a successful health promotion and disease prevention program for the population?
    Your completed assessment should be 3–5 pages in length, not including the title page and reference page. Support your information with references to at least three professional, scholarly, or government resources, and follow current APA guidelines for your in-text citations and references.

    Additional Requirements

    • Include a title page and reference page. The completed assessment should be 3–5 pages in length, not including the title page and reference page.
    • Reference at least three current scholarly, professional, or government resources.
    • Use current APA format for citations and references.
    • Use Times New Roman font, 12 point.
    • Double space.
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    Running head: WINDSHIELD SURVEY 1 Windshield Survey Learner’s Name Capella University Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations Windshield Survey May, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Capella University. Copy and distribution of this document is prohibited. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 2 Windshield Survey This paper addresses the question of diversity in health care by focusing on the health risks and health care needs of those living in East Harlem, New York. The paper will first provide an overview and statistical information about the population demographics of the East Harlem community. It will then discuss the findings from a recent windshield survey of the community. From this information, the demographic changes for the minority population in the community will be explained. This will be followed by a description of health risks and health care needs for the minority population and an examination of the prevalence and impact of different illnesses on the same population. Finally, there will be an explanation of the health disparities and the social determinants of health that can affect the vulnerable population in this community. An Overview of East Harlem Comment [A1]: Great intro! This lets the reader know exactly what to expect in the paper. East Harlem, also called Spanish Harlem or El Barrio is home to many immigrant communities including one of the largest Hispanic communities in New York City with a population of nearly 120,000. It also has a small Italian-American population. The majority of the population is Hispanic (50%), and the rest of the population consists of African-Americans (31%), whites (12%), and Asians (6%). The median age in the East Harlem community ranges from 25–44 years. Around 22% of the population is between 0 and 17 years of age, and 12% of the population is more than 65 years old. The average life expectancy of people in this community is 76 years. Surveillance Survey of the East Harlem Community A windshield survey will provide a detailed picture of the people living in the area (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene [NYCDOHMH], 2015). Comment [A2]: You did a nice job of describing the overall neighborhood. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 3 Housing. Around 76% of the homes in East Harlem are renter-occupied homes with one or more maintenance defects; that include water leaks, the presence of mice or rats, cracks and holes in the wall, inadequate heating, peeling paint, and toilet breakdowns. The community consists of residents from a low socioeconomic background and cannot afford better housing. Open Space. According to a study by the group New Yorkers for Parks, East Harlem has 1.2 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents, which is less than the recommended minimum of 2.5 acres. Adequate open space allows children to play and exercise and offers parks for relaxation which can improve the physical health of children and aging seniors. Pollution. Unfortunately, East Harlem has a high concentration of fine particulate matter—one of the harmful air pollutants in New York City. Air pollution is a leading cause of health issues for people in East Harlem, especially among children, senior residents, and those with preexisting health issues such as asthma and other respiratory ailments (NYCDOHMH, 2015). Education. The neighborhood has many private, public, and charter schools. However, an acute lack of resources in school and poor family life cause a majority of children to drop out of school at an early age. Therefore, East Harlem consists of a substantial section of adults (26%) who have not graduated from high school. Culture and religion. From the first wave of Italian immigrants in the 19th century to the tidal wave of musicians in the “mambo era,” East Harlem has set the stage for arts and culture for over a hundred years. Because of its Italian-American population, East Harlem is still influenced by southern Italian food, tradition, and ceremony. East Harlem has residents who are followers of different religions ranging from Christianity and Islam to Scientology, and they have their own places of worship in the area. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 4 Health services. East Harlem has several health centers in its community. Even with the presence of these health centers, the residents of East Harlem do not have easy access to health care primarily because they come from low-income families and lack health insurance. Transportation and businesses. East Harlem has a wide range of business institutions, one of the most famous being the East Harlem Chamber of Commerce. East Harlem is also known for its well-run public transit system. Hispanic Culture in East Harlem East Harlem is a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, due to immigration of Puerto Ricans, Latin, South, and Central Americans. About a third of the Hispanic populations in East Harlem are college graduates, while approximately 26% of the population has not finished high school. These subgroups face barriers due to lack of language fluency. This language barrier can lead to miscommunication and prevent Hispanic populations from accessing important health education material and regular medical care, which in turn make them a vulnerable population (NYCDOHMH, 2015). Demographic Changes in East Harlem Hispanics and black residents comprise 81% of the population in this area, with about a quarter of the residents being foreign-born. Around 31% of the residents in East Harlem live under the Federal Poverty Level, making it the twelfth most underprivileged community in New York. One out of eight East Harlem residents aged 16 and above is unemployed. More than half the residents use nearly 30% of their overall income on rent. Over the last decade, East Harlem has observed a large wave of gentrification, a process of renovation and reconstruction of an area leading to an influx of affluent families in that area. The impact of gentrification takes place through increased rent burdens instead of direct Comment [A3]: You did a good job of discussing East Harlem and the transportation, health services, culture, religion, education, housing and available land. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 5 displacements—rents have increased by more than 40% in East Harlem. This has resulted in a deeper class divide between the rich and poor (Florida, 2016). Health Risks and Health Care Needs in East Harlem Comment [A4]: Very nice job in this section. You described the demographics very well and also identified the reasons for the change. Due to poor diets, a serious health risk faced by residents of East Harlem is obesity, which is a leading cause of diabetes and heart disease. Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death for people in East Harlem. Smoking is the main cause of preventable death in NYC and also the cause behind many illnesses including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. More than 25% of East Harlem residents smoke, which puts its residents at a higher risk of suffering from cancer and heart diseases than any other community in the state of New York. Substance use is a major social and health issue in low-income neighborhoods due to their inability to cope with their low quality of life. Limited educational, housing, and employment opportunities combined with the availability of drugs contribute to drug and alcohol addiction (NYCDOHMH, 2015). Two other health risks in this neighborhood are asthma among children and HIV. East Harlem has the sixth-highest rate of asthma hospitalization among children aged 5 to 14 in the state of New York and death due to AIDS in East Harlem neighborhood is thrice as high compared to the rest of New York City. While there are several challenges, health care in East Harlem can be improved by providing cultural competency training to health care professionals in language skills, crosscultural communication skills, and health literacy strategies which will help them earn the trust of the population (NYCDOHMH, 2015). Comment [A5]: There seem to be many health disparities in East Harlem. The prevalence of various diseases was discussed. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 6 Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health in a Diverse Population According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the social determinants of health (SDH) are defined as circumstances within which persons live and work (World Health Organization, n.d.). The financially deprived residents struggle to meet their basic needs; have scarce occasions to achieve constructive goals; experience more undesirable life events such as marital trouble, joblessness, and monetary loss; and must deal with discrimination, marginalization, segregation, and helplessness. Owing to these stressors, people with low socioeconomic status are at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, substance abuse issues, violence, and crime. The existence of disparities in access to health care has been recognized for a while in the United States. Recently, the U.S. government has started many initiatives to address the social determinants of health. Medicaid, a government insurance scheme for the underprivileged, has also developed several initiatives that relate health care to wider social needs. An important project under this initiative is the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which aims to improve the health of the Harlem community through a wide range of social, health, and family programs. This project has reported a 92% acceptance rate for its programs (Heiman & Artiga, 2015). Conclusion East Harlem is known for its diverse population and rich cultural history. However, given that most of the residents in the area are poor and come from marginalized backgrounds, they face different health risks and have difficulties accessing health care. Reducing these health inequities requires policymakers, health professionals, researchers and community groups to work together for systemic change. Framing health policies with the help of the social determinants of health will enable the poor residents of East Harlem access better health care. WINDSHIELD SURVEY 7 References Florida, R. (2016). Where New York is gentrifying and where it isn't. The Atlantic CityLab. Heiman, H. J., & Artiga, S. (2015). Beyond health care: The role of social determinants in promoting health and health equity. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. (2015). Manhattan community district 11: East Harlem. Retrieved from New Yorkers for Parks. (2012). East Harlem open space index. Retrieved from World Health Organization. (n.d.). Social determinants of health. Retrieved from
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    Windshield Survey Report of Upper Marlboro City, Maryland
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    This report provides the outcomes of the windshield survey for Upper Marlboro. It
    addresses the question of health care diversity by focusing on the health risks and health care
    needs of the residents of Upper Marlboro. It begins with an overview of the general demographic
    information of the area and then provides an analysis of the outcomes of the windshield survey
    of the community. The windshield survey information will be used to explain the changes in the
    demographic characteristic of the vulnerable population within the community and then a brief
    analysis of the health risk and health care needs of the population. It will also examine the
    prevalence of different illnesses in the community and the respective impact of such prevalent
    illnesses to the vulnerable population. The report will come to a conclusion with an explanation
    of the health disparities as well as social determinants of health which have an implication of the
    vulnerable members of this community.
    Overview of the Upper Marlboro community
    The Upper Marlboro is a city within the Prince George's Count in the Maryland States.
    Based on the census data for the year 2017, the area has a total of 6150,670 with 44.4% being
    male and the other 55.6% comprising of the female gender. (U.S Census Bureau). The area has
    a population density of approximately 158.7 people per square mile. The most common
    ethnicity is Black Americans followed by the whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indian Americans, and
    other minority ethnic groups. Over 65% of the population are aged above 60 years 20% aged
    between 35 and 59 years, and the remaining 15 % aged below 35 years. , availability of social
    amenities, education, health, and infrastructure.

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