Nikki Shannon Johnston
NURS:4011, Section 07, Family, Community, and Population-Based Care
February 13, 2014
COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT 2
Community Assessment Community assessment is a core function for the public health nurse and involves getting to know the community. It involves identifying the needs of the community, problems in the community, and finding answers and resources to promote and increase the health and well being of the community. The purpose of this paper is to identify vulnerable populations and problems in my community and the importance of finding a solution.
Overview of the Community A community is the geographic area from which people reside. Certain characteristics of a population can be factors in determining the health care and services required by that community. Ethnicity and race, along with age, can impact community health needs and the services needed. Understanding the factors that affect the health of a community will assist with how to improve the health, culture, and the community environment. Analyzing these factors and finding a solution to a particular problem in the community can help to make a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play. Paris, Texas is considered the county seat of Lamar County. It is located in the central time zone of Northeast Texas. It is also located in the area considered tornado alley. It does not have any major interstates running through it and has one major loop around the town. The total population of Paris is 25,171. The community is 94% urban and 6% rural. The population consists of 13,430 females and 11,741 males. The demographic population by race consists of 16,970 white people, 5,881 black
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