Windshield survey report of College Park City, Maryland

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Windshield Survey 10%/Community Assessment Project 20% Instruction: Conduct a windshield survey of the clinical placement community (or a surrounding community). Use the following to write a 3-page report and include brief recommendations for any issues identified during the survey.

1. Community vitality

 Are people visible in the community? What are they doing?

 Who are the people living in the neighborhood? What is their age range? What is the predominant age (e.g., elderly, preschoolers, young mothers, or school-aged children)?

 What ethnicity or race is most common?

 What is the general appearance of those you observed? Do they appear healthy? Do you notice any obvious disabilities such as those with walkers or wheelchairs, or those with mental or emotional disabilities? Where do they live?

 Do you notice residents who are well nourished or malnourished, thin or obese, vigorous or frail, unkempt or scantily dressed, or well dressed and clean?

 Do you notice tourists or visitors to the community?

 Do you observe any people who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

 Do you see any pregnant women? Do you see women with strollers and dying children? 2. Indicators of social and economic

2. Indicators of social and economic conditions

 What is the general condition of the homes you observe? Are these single-family homes or multifamily structures? Is there any evidence of dilapidated housing or of areas undergoing urban renewal? What forms of transportation do people seem to be using? Is there public transit? Are there adequate bus stops with benches and shade? Is transportation to health care resources available?

 Is there public housing? What is its condition?

 Are there any indicators of the kinds of work available to residents? Are there job opportunities nearby, such as factories, small businesses, or military installations? Are there unemployed people visible, such as homeless people?

 Do you see men congregating in groups on the street? What do they look like, and what are they doing?

 Is this a rural area? Are there farms or agricultural businesses?

 Do you note any seasonal workers, such as migrant or day laborers?

 Do you see any women hanging out along the streets? What are they doing?

 Do you observe any children or adolescents out of school during the daytime?

 Do you observe any interest in political campaigns or issues such as campaign signs?

 Do you see any evidence of health education on billboards, advertisements, signs, radio stations, or television stations?

 Do these methods seem appropriate for the people you observed? What kinds of schools and day care centers are available?

3. Health resources

 Do you notice any hospitals? What kind are they? Where are they located?

 Are there any clinics? Whom do they serve? Are there any family planning services?

 Are there doctors’ and dentists’ offices? Are they specialists or generalists?

 Do you notice any nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, alcohol or drug treatment centers, homeless or abused shelters, wellness clinics, health department facilities family planning services, or pharmacies/

 Are these resources appropriate and sufficient to address the kinds of problems that exist in this community?

4. Environmental conditions related to health

 Do you see evidence of anything that might make you suspicious of ground, water, or air pollutants?

 What is the sanitary condition of the housing? Is housing overcrowded, dirty, or in need of repair? Are windows screened?

 What is the condition of the roads? Are potholes present? Are drainage systems in place? Are there low water crossings, and do they have warning signals? Are there adequate traffic lights, signs, sidewalks, and curbs? Are railroad crossings fitted with warnings and barriers? Are streets and parking lots well lit? Is this a heavily trafficked area, or are roads hazardous?

 Is there handicapped access to buildings, sidewalks, and streets?

 Do you observe recreational facilities and playgrounds? Are they being used? Is there a YMCA or community center? Are there any day care facilities or preschools?

 Are children playing in the streets, alleys, yards, or parks?

 Do you see any restaurants?

 Is food sold on the streets? Are people eating in public places? Are there trash receptacles and places for people to sit? Are public restrooms available?

 What evidence of any nuisances such as ants, flies, mosquitoes, or rodents do you observe?

5. Social functioning

 Do you observe any families in the neighborhoods? Can you observe their structure or functioning? Who is caring for the children? What kind of supervision do they have? Is more than one generation present?

 Are there any identifiable subgroups related to each other either socially or geographically?

 What evidence of a sense of neighborliness can you observe?

 What evidence of community cohesiveness can you observe? Are there any group efforts in the neighborhood to improve the living conditions or the neighborhood? Is there a neighborhood watch? Do community groups post signs for neighborhood meetings?

 How many and what type of churches, synagogues, or places of worship are there?

 Can you observe anything that would make you suspicious of social problems such as gang activity, juvenile delinquency, drug or alcohol abuse, or adolescent pregnancy? 6. Attitude toward health and health.

6. Attitude toward health and health care

 Do you observe any evidence of folk medicine practice, such as a botanical or herbal medicine shop? Are there any alternative medicine practitioners?

 Do you observe that health resources are well utilized or underutilized?

 Is there evidence of preventive or wellness care?

 Do you observe any efforts to improve the neighborhood’s health? Do you notice any health fairs? Do you see advertisements for health-related events, clinics, or lectures?

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Windshield Survey

Assessment of a community is an important operation, as it helps in planning,
implementation alongside evaluation of various initiatives and programs that are introduced with
the primary aim of improving health condition on a population. The windshield survey is an
informal initiative by healthcare nurses in a community, used in the collection of data and
knowledge within the community setup. The study offers a subjective view on different physical
characteristics within the communal scope based on observations draw from taking a look at the
surroundings of the area.

In community nursing practice, the general community acts as a significant role. By
understanding eclectic versions of communities from a different region, extensive knowledge is
drawn and is implemented in clarifying and improving the process. The “geographical
community”, is the first type of community that is characterized by a group of people working
and living within a specific scope in a geographical area ” (Harkness & DeMarco, 2012, p. 177).
The “phenomenological community”, is the second type that is characterized by a collection of
individuals that draw specific similarities such as philosophies, mutual interest and inter personal
connections” (Harkness & DeMarco, 2012, p. 177),. The second group does not necessarily have
to be confined within a specific geographical scope. The third and the last type of community
draws regards to the general state or country or the entire world.



The community as a Client
The perspective, through which the community is speculated as a client, necessitates for
nurses to work collaboratively alongside other healthcare professionals such as genetic
counsellors, epidemiologists, and social workers. There are various resources that are availed in
the process with the primary aim being the promotion of health in the scope. The nurses’
significant role is the assessment of deficits and the identification of assets in the community that
can be used in the implementation of change towards improved health (Harkness & DeMarco,
2012, p. 180),.

The Community Health
The community health in most cases is often focused on a specific geographical scope.
With this sort of approach, efficient and adequate epidemiological data is collected, enabling in
the development of community-specific “report-card”. Thereafter, specific community
interventions can be taken using measurable objectives in addressing various risks that the
community might be prone to (Harkness & DeMarco, 2012, p. 181).

Health Indicator on the Population of Healthy Individuals by 2020
Within the adult population across the globe, one of the significantly addressed issues
with regards abuse of tobacco. Nursing is rendered with a significant obligation towards offering
the community evident based solutions that will aid in spreading and actualizing the message
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010, p. 3). Nurses have the capability of
improving their secondary education with relevance to the issue at hand, increasing their chances
towards prevention. Nurses can also work alongside and collaboratively with some of the



agencies that are involved directly with the community in spreading the message on the risk of
tobacco abuse and the prevention measure that ought to be taken.

It is therefore considered to not the critical role played by nursing in the
society/community. The key skills that are required of the profession are constant pursuit on
knowledge with relevance to the community, implementation of strong assessment skills
alongside the understanding of the potential risks faced y the community and the possible
prevention measures. All these aspects contribute significantly to an overall health improvement
in the community.



Community Assessment
Housing and zoning


Most of the homes are made up Transportation

Race and ethnicity

is There is a mixture of races,

of single families who are well primarily use of private cars. with the leading population
maintained. Boards and bricks Here are many notable cyclists being Caucasians, the African
are the primary resources used and walkers. There are good Americans follow suit and a
in construction.

and well maintained roads and smaller




highways. Only hazard to be Asian ethnic group.
addresses is poor driving on
the busier roads as it proves as
a threat for the walkers and
Open space

Service centers

Religion and politics

There are many parking spaces The social service depots are at Significant




and open air spaces. The area a walking distance for the neighborhood is composed of


maintained significant


of catholic. However, there are a

environmentally, with little and people in the community. The few




low rates of pollution. Trees people have easier access to locality that serve the Muslim
have grown along the streets social services including social group as well.
offering fresh air while people services.
walk around.

The people have also been



offered a part where they can
go relax and play with their

Stores and street people





Health and morbidity

this There are several local grocery The most obvious chronic
mainly stores/meat markets that are disease conditions are obesity

On the east is the accessible by car, bicycle, or and tobacco abuse.

Boardman Lake, on the north foot.


Both of

flourishing these conditions are serious

is Grand Traverse Bay, the downtown area offers many health hazards.

It is not

west is bordered by highway M fine restaurants and bars, as uncommon to observe severely
72, and the east is bordered by well as specialty stores.

obese individuals/families in

Airport Road. The unofficial





neighborhood is the west side,

Dog’s that are not leashed in a
public setting pose a health









which includes bits of Old




Garfield township.

Signs of decay


The major common area for This neighborhood is very The most common media has
this neighborhood is downtown alive and on the way up. become




Traverse City. There are many Traverse City is a popular People are able to review local



attractions for all to enjoy. place to live and work. The news, weather, and sports at a

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