NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs
NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs
NURS6218A2 Instructions
Assess the health care needs of a selected community by completing an environmental analysis and a virtual windshield survey. Summarize the results of your assessment in a 2-3 page executive summary.
Introduction
Health care must be evidence-based, effective, efficient, and affordable; it must provide resources that meet the needs of the community. Nurse leaders must understand and thoroughly evaluate the environment to enable the efficient and equitable allocation of resources. A useful tool for this type of assessment is commonly called a windshield survey. Windshield surveys are what you might expect from the name. They are a way of gathering information about specific aspects of a community while driving around, such as the condition of roads, buildings, and housing.
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This assessment provides an opportunity to examine the prevailing health conditions and social determinants of health in a community by completing an environmental analysis and a virtual windshield survey based on communities within the Vila Health system. Although Vila Health is a virtual lab, the communities represented in this simulation are real, enabling you to conduct an actual community health assessment.
NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs Preparation
Executive leaders at Vila Health have asked you to provide them with your assessment of the health conditions in one of the communities served by the Vila Health system. Knowing that a windshield survey is needed to validate any underlying assumptions about the needs of the community and inform evidence-based decision making and strategic planning, you have decided to conduct a first-hand exploration of the community, followed up by an environmental analysis. An environmental analysis examines the factors that can influence the performance of a health care organization, which is important in a rapidly changing health care environment.
To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to begin thinking about how an environmental analysis and windshield survey contribute to assessing community health care needs. In addition, you may wish to:

Note: Remember that you can submit all or a portion of your draft assessment to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.
The following resource is required to complete the assessment.

Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.
TEMPLATES
Use this template for your community health assessment.

Requirements
Complete this assessment in two steps:

If you have not already done so, complete the Vila Health: Environmental Analysis and Windshield Survey simulation.
Write an executive summary of your community health assessment, based on your windshield survey and environmental analysis.

The community health assessment requirements outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Assessing Community Health Care Needs document provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

Assess, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective.
Analyze the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.
Identify the social determinants of health in a community.
Summarize windshield survey and environmental analysis findings for executive leaders.
Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Support findings and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Document Format and Length

Use the Community Health Assessment Template. This APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] can help you in writing and formatting your assessment. If you would like to use a different worksheet for your community health assessment, obtain prior approval from faculty.
The executive summary portion of your survey and analysis should be 2–3 pages in length.
Be sure to apply correct APA formatting to all source citations and references.

Supporting Evidence
Cite 3–5 credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your executive summary.
NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs Additional Requirements
Proofread your executive summary before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your assessment.
Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your community health assessment to your ePortfolio.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Identify the challenges and opportunities facing health care.

Assess, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective.
Analyze the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.
Identify the social determinants of health in a community.

Competency 4: Develop proactive strategies to change the culture of the organization by incorporating evidence-based practices.

Summarize windshield survey and environmental analysis findings for executive leaders.

Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Vila Health: Environmental Analysis and Windshield Survey

Introduction
Vila Health: Environmental Analysis and Windshield Survey
Effective health care leadership relies on assessments based on reliable information. One key tool is the windshield survey — with a practiced eye, one can make valuable judgments about the health conditions of a community while performing a mobile survey.
In this simulation, you will conduct a virtual windshield survey in either a rural or an urban environment. You will also be provided with resources to help you begin the environmental analysis of one of the two communities. You will use the information you gather to prepare a presentation in which you summarize your findings and propose changes to the health care system.
Location Choices
In whatever order you prefer, select each location to perform your windshield survey. Jordan is a small town in the Minnesota countryside. Armatage is a neighborhood on the south side of Minneapolis.
Jordan
Instructions:Click and drag to explore the map of Jordan, Minnesota. You may also use the button panel to navigate the map. Click a  Map pin to learn about that particular location. Once you have visited all 25 pins, answer the questions that follow.
Jordan City Hall
210 1st St. E.
Jordan’s motto is “warm country feeling, minutes from the cities,” and the quaint downtown City Hall reflects that sentiment. Jordan’s old City Hall, built in 1885, had a brief stint as an events venue, but is currently vacant.
Jordan Middle School
500 Sunset Dr.
The Jordan public schools offer a student and family friendly single campus. The renovated middle school opened in 2015 and is adjacent to the Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC).
Jordan High School
600 Sunset Dr.
Jordan High School has a student population of approximately 540 students. The school offers athletics, arts programs, and academic extra-curricular activities. Students can also attend vocational classes through Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative where they can earn credit at vocational schools and North Hennepin Community College.
Jordan High School
600 Sunset Dr.
Jordan High School has a student population of approximately 540 students. The school offers athletics, arts programs, and academic extra-curricular activities. Students can also attend vocational classes through Southwest Metro Educational Cooperative where they can earn credit at vocational schools and North Hennepin Community College.
Jordan Elementary School
815 Sunset Dr.
Jordan Elementary School offers programs and specialists in Special Ed, ESL, Title One services, Gifted and Talented, and a variety of other interventions and enrichment programs. Technology is embedded in the daily curriculum in order to encourage the development of 21st century learning skills.
Scott County Library – Jordan
275 Creek Ln. S.
The Jordan public library is open four days a week (Mon & Wed 1-8; Tue & Thur 10 – 5) from May to September and five days (Saturday 10 – 2) from September to May.
St. Francis Health Services
265 Creek Ln. S.
St. Francis Health Services is aligned with Allina Health and Park Nicollet Health Services, two of the largest health providers in the region. The facility provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care.
Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center
500 Sunset Dr.
Completed in January 2016, the new Community Education and Recreation Center includes a 3-gym station with a multipurpose floor, an elevated walking track, a fitness center, community locker rooms, and a community room with kitchenette.
Hope Lutheran Church
201 Hope Ave.
Hope Lutheran Church is one of two Lutheran Churches in Jordan. Other churches include Zion United Methodist Church, Immanual Methodist, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Tree of Life Church. To the best of our knowledge, there are no synagogues or mosques in Jordan.
River Valley Education Center
100 Hope Ave.
Provides students in grades 5-8 with academic and social skills instruction. These students may have average or above-average learning potential but have been unsuccessful in other special education settings.
St. John the Baptist Church
215 Broadway St. N.
St John the Baptist Catholic Church. Other churches include Zion United Methodist Church, Immanuel United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hope Lutheran Church, and Tree of Life Church. To the best of our knowledge, there are no synagogues or mosques in Jordan.
Street Signage
2nd St E and Broadway
Signage reflecting politcal and community climate.
Food Shelf
131 1st St. E.
The food shelf has over 100 active volunteers. On average, the Jordan Food Shelf serves about 20 families a weekend. Clients leave with bags of bread, meat, eggs and milk, along with other groceries. The board is exploring a move to a larger space and would also like to offer free medical care and a thrift store.
City Council / History Center
110 1st St. E.
The City of Jordan operates under a Council-Administrator form of government. The Mayor and Council members are elected for staggered 4-year terms.
Jordan’s Downtown District
Broadway St. & Water St.
Jordan’s downtown is a mix of modern and quaint, run-down and up-and-coming. Moola’s Bar and Jack’s Bar and Grill are both located in downtown. Roets Jordan Brewery and the Nicolinn Mansion B&B represent the tourist-friendly focus the town is trying to project.
Lagoon (Veteran’s) Park
102 Park Dr.
Park features a small creek and falls, 16-acre Mill Pond, as well as a sand swimming beach, playground, gazebo, picnic shelters and grills, fishing pier, volleyball court, horse shoe pits, and restrooms. Ice skating rink and warming house on Mill Pond in winter. The entrance’s patriotic display features a flagpole ensemble, historic cannon, and a bench dedicated to home-town hero Spc. Joshua R. Anderson, killed in action in Iraq, January 2008. Running paths and sidewalks are common in Jordan.
Residential Area
Timber Ridge Court, just north of Sunset
Located near the High School, this neighborhood is characterized by large lots, well maintained homes, and an abundance of recreational vehicles and boats.
Oak Terrace Senior Living
622 Aberdeen Ave.
Oak Terrace Senior Living of Jordan is a retirement community that offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Residential Area
Intersection of Stone Creek, Prospect Pointe
While Jordan does not have named neighborhoods, the residential areas are quite different in appearance and apparent socio-economic makeup. This section of Jordan features homes in subdivisions such as Bridle Creek.
Radermacher’s Fresh Market
500 2nd St. W.
In 1954, Roman Radermacher opened his first grocery store on Water Street in Jordan. In 1972, the family built a modern supermarket on First Street. In 1981, the store in Jordan moved to its current location on 500 West 2nd Street.
Jordan Baseball Park
401–599 Rice St. S.
Jordan’s baseball field, sometimes referred to as the “Mini-Met” also features a basketball court, skateboard park, and winter ice skating rink.
Downtown Area Neighborhood
2nd St. E. & Mill St.
This neighborhood near the downtown district reflects a lower socio-economic standard than the newer housing areas on the outer boundaries of town.
Jordan Town Sign
Approximately 4200 Country Trail W.
Jordan’s population is actually closer to 6500 residents and the town has numerous retail, service and industrial businesses. The City of Jordan boasts that “as growth occurs, the people and the Jordan City Council strive to keep the community’s small-town flavor.”
Residential Area
4th St. W & West St. N.
While Jordan does not have named neighborhoods, the different residential areas do have individual characteristics. This area appears to be a middle-class neighborhood.
Immanuel United Methodist Church
301 N. Varner St.
Immanual Methodist is one of two Methodist Churches in Jordan. Other churches include Zion United Methodist Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hope Lutheran Church, and Tree of Life Church. To the best of our knowledge, there are no synagogues or mosques in Jordan.
Shopping Plaza
310 El Dorado Dr.
While economic conditions are overall good in Jordan, there are vacancies and empty buildings both downtown and in outlying shopping areas.
An environmental analysis can provide important information to planning and program implementation.
Here are some links to get you started on the environmental analysis for Jordan, Minnesota:https://jordanmn.gov/city-departments/economic-development/https://datausa.io/profile/geo/jordan-mn/
Armatage
Instructions:Click and drag to explore the map of the Armatage neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You may also use the button panel to navigate the map. Click a  Map pin to learn about that particular location. Once you have visited all 25 pins, answer the questions that follow.
Cindy’s Barber Shop
5408 Penn Ave. S.
Cindy’s Barbershop captures the personality of the neighborhood and serves as a gathering spot for young and old.
Dreadlocks for Dingoes
5410 Penn Ave. S.
Dog ownership is very popular in Minneapolis and this boutique serves the local populace and their pets.
Kwan’s Chinese Cuisine 5412 Penn Ave. S.
One of several eateries in the community, Kwan’s has been a neighborhood staple for quick, classic Chinese food for over 30 years.
Red Wagon Pizza 5416 Penn Ave. S.
The Armatage neighborhood has several pizza establishments – ranging from Dominoes to Pizzaria Lola, an upscale fusion pizzaria.
Snap Fitness 5409 Penn Ave. S.
A local fitness center. Snap Fitness centers specialize in a “no frills” model that offers no-contract memberships and 24 hour access to the facility.
Settergren Ace Hardware 5405 Penn Ave. S.
An independent hardware store, Bayer’s had been in business for over 45 years before Settergren’s opened this store next door to Bayers.
Pennhurst Cleaners 5401 Penn Ave. S.
Pennhurst Cleaners was a family owned business and been in business for over 25 years. The building now has a For Lease sign and a boarded up window.
Bus Stop 54th St. & Penn Ave. S.
Public Transportation makes this neighborhood very accessable to downtown and city government buildings.
Jump! Children’s Publisher 5357 Penn Ave. S.
Jump! Library is a local book publisher.
Penn Avenue Family Dental 5346 Penn Ave. S.
Drs. Robert McNab and Fred Allis have been shared this neighborhood dentistry practice for several years.
Road Construction 54th St. & Penn Ave. S.
Road construction in the Armatage neighborhood.
Café Maude 5411 Penn Ave. S.
A neighborhood bistro named for Maude Armatage, the neighborhood’s namesake.
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer 5440 Penn Ave. S.
Lutheran Church with a progressive focus. This is the only church in the Armatage neighborhood.
Armatage Community Center 2500 W. 57th St.
The Armatage Community Center participates in the Minneapolis Summer Meal Program for youth 18 and under. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs
Residential Housing Penn Ave. S. & 56th St. Area
While most homes are smaller homes built in the 50s and 60s, teardowns are not uncommon.
Multi-family Units Xerxes and 55th St.
While housing is primarily single family units, there are several multifamily apartments as well.
Pizzaria Lola 5557 Xerxes Ave. S.
More restaurants in the Armatage neighborhood.
Cavé Vin 5555 Xerxes Ave. S.
An upscale neighborhood restaurant, Cavé Vin is a family owned local restaurant with a French and new-American menu.
Armatage Elementary School 2501 W. 56th St.
Armatage Montessori School is a public magnet in Southwest Minneapolis. The Montessori education method is designed to offer child-centered environment that encourages children’s natural learning impulses.
Super USA Convenience Store 5965 Penn Ave. S.
A neighborhood convenience store.
Dominos Pizza 5957 Penn Ave. S.
Dominos Pizza provides national fast food options to residents.
Gas Stations 6001 & 6004 Penn Ave. S.
BP and Minnoco Gas provide gas and automobile servicing to residents of the area.
Wagner’s Nursery 6024 Penn Ave. S.
Wagners has been a business in the neighborhood for many years. Note the farmers market stand in the parking lot.
Residential Housing Penn Ave. S. & 56th St. Area
Mid-century ramblers are common in this neighborhood.
An environmental analysis can provide important information to planning and program implementation.
Here are some links to get you started on the environmental analysis for the Armatage neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota:https://www.minneapolismn.gov/neighborhoods/armatage/index.htmhttps://armatage.org/
Conclusion
You have completed the windshield survey activity. After surveying your chosen community, you should have a better sense of the prevailing health conditions and social determinants in that location.
You can download your responses to the questions you answered earlier as well as the provided web links for the environmental analysis.
Credits
Maps: © OpenStreetContributors
Assessing Community Health Care Needs Scoring Guide

CRITERIA
NON-PERFORMANCE
BASIC
PROFICIENT
DISTINGUISHED

Assess, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective.
Does not assess, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs
Assesses, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective, but misses important indicators of health needs within the community.
Assesses, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective.
Assesses, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective. Specifies applicable safety concerns and the limitations of the survey.

Analyze the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.
Does not analyze the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.
Analyzes the environmental factors affecting population health in a community, but does not include all available information or overlooks key factors affecting population health outcomes.
Analyzes the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.
Analyzes the environmental factors affecting population health in a community. Clearly articulates key health issues, opportunities, and threats. Conclusions are well-supported by credible evidence.

Identify the social determinants of health in a community.
Does not identify the social determinants of health in a community.
Identifies the social determinants of health in a community, but makes unsubstantiated claims or overlooks important contextual factors related to culture and behavioral norms.
Identifies the social determinants of health in a community.
Identifies the social determinants of health in a community. Draws well-reasoned conclusions from credible evidence and articulates underlying assumptions and uncertainties.

Summarize windshield survey and environmental analysis findings for executive leaders.
Does not summarize environmental analysis and survey findings for executive leaders.
Provides a summary that is insufficient to support reasonable conclusions about community health needs.
Summarizes environmental analysis and survey findings for executive leaders.
Summarizes environmental analysis and survey findings for executive leaders. Information is detailed, accurate, and logically organized. Provides insightful lessons learned.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Does not write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Writing lacks clarity or conciseness, is loosely structured, or includes errors in grammar, mechanics, or APA formatting that inhibit effective communication or detract from good scholarship.
Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style. Main points, ideas, arguments, or propositions are well-developed and engaging. Adheres to all applicable disciplinary and scholarly writing standards and conventions.

Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Does not support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Sources lack relevance or credibility, or the evidence is not persuasive or explicitly supportive of assertions, arguments, propositions or conclusions. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs
Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant, credible, and convincing evidence. Skillfully combines error-free source citations with a perceptive and accurate synthesis of the evidence.

Guiding Questions for Assessment 2
Assessing Community Health Care Needs
This document is designed to give you questions to consider and additional guidance to help you successfully complete the Assessing Community Health Care Needs assignment. You may find it useful to use this document as a pre-writing exercise, an outlining tool, or as a final check to ensure that you have sufficiently addressed all the grading criteria for this assignment. This document is a resource to help you complete the assignment. Do not turn in this document as your assignment submission.
Assess the health care needs of a community and report your findings in an executive summary.
Assess Community Health Needs
Assess, via a windshield survey, the general condition and needs of a community from a public health perspective.

What areas of the community will you include in your survey?
What aspects of the physical environment are relevant to your survey? Why?
What are the limitations of the survey?
What factors would you consider in assessing risks to your safety while conducting the survey?
What conclusions can you draw from the survey? What evidence leads you to those conclusions?

Analyze the environmental factors affecting population health in a community.

What questions are you trying to answer?
What health issues are of concern in the community? For example, technological, social, regulatory, political, or economic issues.
What opportunities and threats are influencing health care providers in the community?
What conclusions can you draw from the analysis? What evidence leads you to those conclusions?

Identify the social determinants of health in a community.

What are the social factors that influence community health?
What are the social factors that influence change?
What evidence do you have to support your claims?

Summarize windshield survey and environmental analysis findings for executive leaders.

How will you organize the data and information you have collected?
What are the information needs and expectations of your target audience?
What do the data and information tell you about community health needs, challenges, and opportunities?
What are the key lessons learned from your survey and analysis?

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Write with a specific purpose and audience in mind.
Adhere to scholarly and disciplinary writing standards and APA formatting requirements.

Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Integrate relevant and credible evidence from 3–5 peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications.
Is your supporting evidence clear and explicit?

How or why does particular evidence support a claim?
Will your reader see the connection?

Did you summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources appropriately?

Submission Reminders

Have you completed your environmental analysis and windshield survey, with supporting evidence to substantiate your conclusions?
Have you identified the social determinants of health in the community and their effects on change? Have you provided supporting evidence?
Is your summary of the analysis and survey findings complete and accurate?

Have you documented your conclusions and lessons learned?
Is your information clear and coherent?
Is your summary 2–3 pages in length, not including the title page and references page?
Did you proofread your writing?

Are your assertions and conclusions well supported by 3–5 sources of relevant and credible evidence? NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 2 Assessing Community Health Care Needs

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