December 12, 2011
Luchia Young, RN, NP-C
Voorhees Township Survey
Voorhees Township is a suburban community located 18 miles outside the Philadephia, Pennsylvania, situated in Camden County, New Jersey. Spanning approximately 11.6 square miles (City-Data, 2010), Voorhees Township is home to roughly 30, 390 residents (Voorhees Township Economic Development, 2011), which inhabit the area at approximately 2969 residents per square mile. According to City-Data.com (2010) the estimated median income for the township in 2009 was $84, 589, which is approximately 24% higher than the state average. The percentage of residents living below the poverty level in 2009 was 6.1% whereas the percentage living at 50% of the poverty level was 3.4% (City-Data, 2010), both below the state average. The median age is 37.2 years with the dispersement of 48% males and 52% females. The average home value in Voorhees Township is $249,100 (Zillow, 2011), and homeowners pay on average 5.2% higher property taxes compared to others in the state (City-Data, 2010). Several community issues were identified that can have an effect on the health of residents living within the township. Adolescent health issues, mental health, and vector borne diseases are several areas where risk factors are present in this geographical area. One area of concern in this township is that of adolescent health. According to the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB Services: County and Municipal Statistics, 2010), 267 cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in 2010 in people between the ages of 13 and 24, in Camden County alone. Another risk identified in this community is to mental health. Statistics show most people in this township live in densely populated areas, and commute anywhere from 30 minutes to upwards of 90 minutes each way to work. During rush hour traffic comes to almost a standstill and tempers can flare as one hears the sound of horns beeping, and becomes witness to dangerous driving manuevers as people attempt to get home at the end of a long work day. According to WebMD roadrage “can raise your blood pressure, foul up your immune system, and make you depressed” (WebMD, 2011, para 9). The third area of concern for this area is the increased risk of vector borne disease because of the numerous mosquitos in the area. West Nile virus and St. Louis enchephalitis are both considered established in the area (Camden County, 2011). Voorhees Township Survey: Healthy People 2020 Indicator
The Healthy People 2020 Indicator most consistent with this RN’s specialty is that of Adolescent Health. With three schools serving students 3,410 students in grades six through 12 (City-Data, 2010), educators have an opportunity to help provide guidance and education during a period when precedents for behavior are developed in young people that affect their current and future health status. Helping adolescents understand that choices made at this very time in their lives can have an effect on the futures of not only themselves but also their loved ones. Making sure every teenager within the school system receives proper education in the prevention of HIV, AIDS, and STD not only decreases individual risk but also addresses the needs of the community. Voorhees Township Survey: Define Community
There are several ways to define community. Community can be a group of people who share the same geographical location, share the same interests, heritage, or values. Stanhope and Lancaster (2008) define community as a social network of interacting individuals, usually concentrated in a defined territory.” Voorhees Township Survey: Define Community Health
According to Stanhope and Lancaster (2008), community health is “the meeting of collective needs by identifying problems and managing behaviors within the community itself and between the commuity and the larger society.”...