Windshield Survey

Topics: Charlotte, North Carolina, Johnson C. Smith University, The Charlotte Observer Pages: 11 (3428 words) Published: September 6, 2010
Windshield Survey Data Collection Grid and Paper
Carletta Pope and Terra Wheeler
July 25, 2010
Dr. Jamal, MD, MPH

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Windshield Survey

A windshield survey is conducted from a car and provides a visual overview of a community. Conditions and trends in the community that could affect the health of the population are documented and provide background and context for working in the community or for conducting a community survey of Charlotte, NC. For Community Health Nurses to be able to knowledgeably plan services for a community, it is essential to know a specific community, identify health-related resources that may be helpful to members, and learn about gaps in services. The boundaries for Charlotte, NC zip code 28216 include highway 16, state road 24 and interstates 77,277, 85, and 485. The economical status of 28216 contains lower class through middle class with an estimate median income of $45,000 per year. The buildings were mostly built between the years of 1950-1989. Homes are constructed from brick, wood, and vinyl siding. This area contains both single family and multifamily homes. The conditions of these homes range from old and abandoned, well kept older homes, homes that need work and reconditioning, homes that have already been reconditioned, and new homes. 28216 are mostly well maintained. As with many other areas, there are areas that have garbage and trash scattered about, abandoned autos, open fields for rodents and other wildlife to live and hide, and vacant lots. There are both old and new homes in this area and some of these homes and buildings have been around for decades. Some areas are being developed quickly. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is on Highway 16 and is for children and adults. 28216 also have a YMCA, a track and field at the Johnson C. Smith University, and two other parks for the public to gather and spend time together. There is one park, the Biddleville Park, which is also in the area that is well maintained but does not appear to be used. 28216 contain churches, restaurants, and clubs as well as the previously mentioned parks and recreation areas. Some of the restaurants include Nikki’s, Mr. C’s, and Club Excelsior. There are also fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King where people can get together and hang out. Teens and young adults also like to hang out at the many corner stores which are easily identifiable by building signs. There are many services for the community and many of them are right off Beatties Ford Rd. These service areas include the public library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Beatties Ford Road Branch, Prime Care Medical Center, Professional Career Center and many others. The schools in the area include a high school, four elementary schools, and a middle school. 28216 have quite a few stores as well. They have grocery stores, retail shops, drug stores, dry cleaners, and of course gas stations. Residents can travel by car or public transportation. Some people drive a car alone (76%). Others carpool (14%) and then there is the bus or trolley bus (5%). The CATS (Charlotte Area Transit...
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