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Concepts in Community and Public Health Topic 1 DQ#1 What is your idea of a healthy community? Provide specific examples. What do healthy communities have in common? How would you provide care for a community if your idea of a healthy community does not match your community's definition of a healthy community? My idea of a healthy community would be one that is appealing not only to myself but, one that that other people want to be part of as well. It is important for me to feel as though I am at “home” in my community. I need to be able to relate and build neighborly friendships around me and know that I feel safe in my community. My ideal healthy community would encompass many things such as low crime, affordable housing, beautiful surroundings, such as parks and architecture. Having convenient transportation and easy access to the necessities of life, such as farmers markets, for fresh locally grown produce are very important to me as well. My community would also have many activities that promote health such as local gyms and health seminars. I believe that being part of a healthy community involves the promotion of individual health as well as the health of your members. My healthy community would consist of many ethnicities and age groups. I love the different colors, aromas and languages of the world. Living in a diverse community would discourage ignorance and racism. Maurer & Smith’s description of a healthy community is very similar to mine as far as being in an ideal location but, also points out that community members are also healthy for their age and are able to perform in accordance with their age and level of health (2013). Understanding that communities are different is important in planning care for any community. Learning the community is important for the nurse to see what the communities needs are and pinpointing what weakness and strengths the community has can help in providing needed care versus unnecessary care. I believe that everyone has a vision for their communities, knowing that it can impact their individual lives as well as whole families. Learning these visions and what is most valued can help develop a trusting relationship with the community members. This would better assist in developing and reaching specific goals. As the nurse it is important for you to put your needs and wants in a community aside and focus on the needs and wants of the community members. Maurer, F., Smith, C. (2013). Community/Public Health Nursing Practice, 5th Edition . [VitalSource Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from - 4557-0762-1/ Topic 1 DQ#2 Consider the different communities to which you belong:
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