Windshield Survey

Topics: Population health, Obesity / Pages: 10 (2423 words) / Published: Feb 2nd, 2011
Windshield Survey
Patricia L. Flores
NUR/405 Health Communities: Theory and Practice
University of Phoenix
January 11, 2010
Sue Judlin

Windshield Survey The community I have chosen is the city of Rowland Heights California, where I reside. This city is located in Los Angeles Country but borders Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Rowland Heights is in the Pacific Time Zone and sits at 525-feet above sea level. The city is 9.02 square miles with 5,380.70 residents per square mile. At the time the 2000 census data was collected, the total population was 48, 553 residents. According to City Data (2010) the median household income in 2009 was $67,042, the median detached home value was $527,392, and the cost of living index was 130.2. Rowland Heights reports that 5.9% of residents have incomes 50% below the poverty level, and an unemployment rate of 5.3% (City Data, 2010). About 49.2% of the population is female and 50.8% is male. 82.1% of the population in the city has at least a high school diploma. Of residents 25 age and older, 33.3% have a bachelor’s degree, and 10.9% hold a graduate or professional degree (City Data, 2010). More than 50% of the population is married and the average household size is 3.4 people (City Data, 2010).
Community Aspects Affecting Health More than 20% of the residents are 15 years or younger and about 15% fall in the category of 16-24 years. I have identified several areas of concern that can affect the health of the community. Obesity is one of these areas of concern. Rowland Heights has an adult obesity rate of 20.4% and a diabetes rate of 7.9% (City Data, 2010). According to Active Diner (2010) there are 16 fast food restaurants in the city. Poor air quality is another area of concern. According to City Data (2010, p. 1) Rowland Heights is in a county that was #1 in the “ Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution reading”, #3 with the “highest Ozone (8-hour) pollution reading”, and



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