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Windshield Survey Use in Community Health

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Identify either a geopolitical or a phenomenological community with clearly defined boundaries or inclusion criteria for a Windshield Survey. Document this defined community and complete a Windshield Survey including the following areas/assets of assessment:

- Boundaries or Inclusion Criteria
- Housing and Zoning (age of housing, vacant houses, single family, commercial, etc.)
- Recreation Centers, Neighborhood Centers, Common Areas
- Protective Services (fire alarms, police, fire dept, etc.
- Race, ethnicity, age, appearance of people
- Cultural assessment
- Churches, Schools, etc
- Health and Morbidity (communicable diseases, chronic diseases, alcoholism, mental illness, etc.)
- Politics and Government (campaign posters, governmental buildings, etc.)

Be very specific and descriptive in completing this survey. Explore the relevant links provided in the online topic. Summarize the community assets as defined and described above as well as the needs.

Prioritize the needs based upon the following and include your objective and subjective data to support your rationale:

1. Risk of loss of life/emergencies if not addressed
2. Priority of the population surveyed (your respondent felt this was important and a priority)
3. Areas of Prevention (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)

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I did a windshield survey, when I first started a job in Detroit. I worked for the health department and the mission was to reduce teen pregnancy. The task was critical because we needed to know the demographics. At the time I thought that and the grant overall was a waste of time but it turns out I was wrong. Certain, as a teen educator I could not, alone, impact the vast problem, but looking at the statistics, years later, in fact, the efforts DID make a difference.

In order to get a better understand of the community we were working with, learning about the following WAS critical for our long-term planning.

We had two outreach workers who frequented the REC centers, homeless shelters, schools and other sites in the area. Programs were set up ...

Solution Summary

Using a windshield survey in planning for health departments and lowering prevalence of health problems in a city are discussed.