Karie N. Webb
Western Governors University
Student ID# 273217
1. Description of selected community based on the assessment. Cultural assessment:
Edgecombe County is a very rural community lying in the eastern section of North Carolina. The county has a population of 52,150 with the majority of the population being African American females with the median age group of this population being 38 years old and primary langue being English (Michelle B. Etheridge, MAEd, 2010). The culture of this population hinges greatly on their religious belief. The cultural group of this county is of Christian belief but more specifically Southern Baptist Convention (retrieved from http://www.city-data.com/county/Edgecombe_County-NC.html, January 14, 2013). In interviewing various members of the Southern Baptist religious group I have found that the culture of this group is a feeling of belonging and being joyful even during times of stress. Major stressors for this group are usually personal stressors, such as individual’s health or job status for example. These issues are often then brought to the groups’ church and prayed upon by the whole congregation and support is shown as a group to help individuals through their times of hardship. This group also believes in western medicine but believes in the power of healing by way of prayer and miracles from God. The culture of marriage for this group is the belief that marriage is viewed as being something sacred and this union should be between man and women and any relationship between same sex individuals is not viewed as valid. The group also believes that infidelity is a sin (retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention on January 16, 2013). The typical family structure of the southern Baptist is that of man and women in margarine possibly children with the man being the head of household. The view of conception is that children are a gift from God and they do not believe in abortion. Newborns are baptized by minister and it is considered a religious purification (retrieved from http://christianity.about.com/od/faqhelpdesk/f/whatisbaptism.htm on January 16, 2013). These cultural groups are law abiding and anything other than that committed by other members would be unacceptable. In order for members of these various churches to stay informed most have newsletter and prayer list for the various members who may be in distress. These various items are their way of communicating current events within the community and the church itself. Upon completion of the interviews with various members of Southern Baptist churches and various research the conclusion seems to be that the cultural group of Edgecombe County being predominantly of the Southern Baptist religion that this is a very conservative county in their beliefs. Population/Economic Status
The population of Edgecombe County is estimated at 56,552. The median income of the population is around 32,172 and the unemployment rate is at 17.7%. There is about 25% of the population living at or below the poverty level (Retrieved from www.edgecombecountync.gov/ on January 16, 2013). Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory:
The air quality of Edgecombe County has been rated as good and has 81% of days out of the year with good air quality. There are recognized air carcinogens, air developmental toxicants, and reproductive toxicants. The top rated cancer risk being arsenic and noncancerous risk being mercury compounds. There are three companies that contribute to the air pollution in Edgecombe County and they are Cogentrix, Trinity Inds. Inc. and Superior Telecommunications Inc. The rate of water pollution for Edgecombe County is 12% for pathogens and 4% ammonia (retrieved from http://scorecard.goodguide.com/envreleases/county.tcl?fips_county_code=37065#major_chemical_releases on January 16, 2013). The county is at risk for dangerous weather conditions due to the fact that this...