Gruene Community Assessment: Census Tract 3105
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Nursing
Summary Synthesis Statement
An assessment of the Gruene community was conducted utilizing the community as a partner model. This included eight major community subsystems analyzed utilizing data from the windshield survey, data collection, and interviews with community members. The community of Gruene is comprised of census tract 3105 and a detailed analysis, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation was performed. The process was conducted in an effort to determine any potential health needs of the community, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. Community Core
Gruene lies entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels. It was annexed by New Braunfels in 1979. New Braunfels is in the county seat of Comal County at the foot of the Texas Hill Country. The total population is 8,965 (American Factfinder, 2011). The Gruene water tower is the most identifiable sign for the city. The Guadalupe River runs through the northwest border of Gruene. Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas. The name of the town is pronounced like the color “green”. Henry D. Gruene, the towns’ founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. There is a great deal of effort put in to preserve the history of the early settlers and lots of exhibits of this in the community. Mainly it reflects the German and Hispanic or Texan cultures. New Braunfels is also a recreational area due to the rivers and the culture also reflects the tourism industry from the rivers. According to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, there are over thirty religious denominations and more than seventy churches in the city. There are large Protestant, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist congregations. The churches and their communities are an important part of supporting the community. There are over six museums, as well as local community theatres and art galleries as well as a Symphony. The businesses and residents of New Braunfels have an interest of restoring and renovating the city. It is very well maintained as are the majority of homes and businesses. As New Braunfels is a growing community, there are many different races. However, the population consists mainly of German descendants as well as a large Hispanic community. The census tract consists of 90% white race, 2% black, and less than 1% Asian. It is noted that almost a quarter of the population identifies themselves with Hispanic ethnicity. The average household size is 2.66, which is comparable to the average household size in the state of Texas (2.74). There are many different age groups, but the largest population percentage falls in the 20-44 year-old age range. Subsystems
Within the health and social services subsystem, the city largely relies on the health care services provided within the city of New Braunfels. There is one hospital located within New Braunfels, Christus Santa Rosa. There is also a Baptist Hospital that is currently being built with an unknown completion date. It is noted within the census tract that there are two ancillary health care services; the Sundance Center for Cancer Care and the Warm Springs Rehabilitation facility. Clinics, practitioners’ offices, public health service, home health agencies, nursing homes, social services, and mental health services are all provided within New Braunfels. For more specialized services, San Antonio and Austin provide many options. The main source of employment appears to be within the tourist and restaurant industry. There are no large factories or corporations within the city of Gruene. There is no public transportation system provided. The streets are well-maintained and provide bicycle paths and sidewalks. Because the city is rapidly growing as a tourist attraction, it is...
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