For this discussion, you will collect assessment data about your city or county (Miami – Dade). This post will include information about demographics (general characteristics). You will then find epidemiological data (disease or health behavior rates) about one priority health problem in your community.
- Demographic data: Go online to the U.S. Census Bureau at https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/
Obtain a range information about the demographic characteristics of the population for your city or county of residence (Miami – Dade). You may have to look at county data if your city is not listed. Discuss demographic data about age, ethnicity, poverty levels, housing, and education.
- Epidemiological data: Go to your city or county health department website (search the Internet) or County Health Rankings http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
and report epidemiological data about one priority health problem in your area. Examples include diabetes, heart disease, addiction, obesity, teen pregnancy, and more. Be sure that you accurately report how each statistic is measured. In the County Health Rankings site, you can hover over the category, and it will explain how it is measured.
- How do the demographic characteristics of your community influence the health problem you chose?
- Nies, M. A., & McEwen, M. (2019). Community/Public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier.
Chapter 5: Epidemiology, pp. 70–82
Chapter 6: Community Assessment, pp. 92–105
Chapter 7: Community Health Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation, pp. 107–115
Chapter 8: Community Health Education, pp. 124-135, 142-151
- Required Websites
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. (2018). Explore rankings. Retrieved from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). State and county QuickFacts. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/
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