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Community Assessment Guide: Identifying Community Features, Demographics & Resources

Information for the Community Assessment assignment found in Module 5 of NP700: The Role of the Nurse Practitioner.

Community Identification and Features

Below is a list of recommended resources for exploring your community's identity and features:

In addition to these national resources, you will want to look at the state level for websites for:

  • Department of Labor or Workforce
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • State Parks or Tourism

Likewise, you will want to look at the local level for information on:

  • economic development agencies
  • chamber of commerce
  • school districts
  • colleges or universities

Population Demographics

Use the U.S. Census Bureau website to research and explore the above listed demographics of your community.

There are several databases within the U.S. Census Bureau website. In particular, you will want to look at QuickFacts:

Community Resources and Workforce

Use the following links to research and explore health services resources in your community.

You will also want to find information from your state department of health and your state agency for children's services. If you don't already know their name or web address, the link below may help.

Use these links to find information about the health workforce in your community.

In addition to the resources linked, you'll need to search for other organizations that are local or relevant to your area:

  • state licensing board
  • professional organizations
  • hospital, healthcare, and community services websites
  • local chamber of commerce
  • nonprofit or religious organization websites

Emergency Preparedness

In addition, you'll want to look for resources from local organizations:

  • Your local government/town management
  • Your local hospital/hospital system
  • Your local department of health

Internet searching

About Internet searches for this section:

If you are conducting an internet search to find certain types of services, the search itself is not cited or referenced. The search itself is not what you cite, rather you will cite the information you find. Look at this APA Style Blog post on the subject. The exception is if you are wanting to report solely the results you found in a Google search you would say something like,  "A Google search for primary care clinics in Leslie county resulted in 5 results." Please note that for this assignment, you need to go beyond this simple statement. You need to attempt to substantiate the resources by more than what is simply hit upon by a Google search.  Do the best you can to substantiate that a service is available and in existence before you count it as a viable service. Look for websites or call to see if the service is actually open for business etc.