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Running head: COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT Southern New Hampshire University NUR 350 Final Project: Community Assessment Shenell Thomas June 25, 2018
COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT Introduction What most of us don’t think about is how environmental factors play a role in being healthy. “Environmental factors play a role. Sometimes the environment alone is enough to impact health. Other times, an environmental trigger can cause illness in a person who is genetically susceptible” (Nordqvist. 2017). In this paper, I will discuss the health conditions commonly faced by residents of the Morrisania section of the Bronx. It has been reported that the residents residing in this community have the worst health in all of NYC, this paper will explain some of the reason for that. Community Characteristics Despite all the violence that has been taking place and the negative statements made in regard to the Bronx, it does have some unique characteristics. The community of Morrisania is unique in that it is a very diverse community. For the most part, from what I am aware it is a small knit community and they look out and care for each other, in terms of safety. And for those reason it impacts the delivery of nursing to this community. The fact that the community is so diverse, most definitely influence the delivery of nursing services. Different ethnicities have different beliefs, which sometimes make certain individuals not believe in modern medicine, making it that much more difficult to treat. My mother still resides in that community, she has a neighbor who is of African descent. She is always asking me questions about her blood pressure. She was given anti-hypertensives and despite me telling her over and over to she needs to take her medications as prescribed, she doesn’t because in her culture, they don’t believe in that. So yes, the culture of the community influences the delivery of nursing services.
COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT New York City is a city of neighborhoods. The Bronx is one of the neighborhoods or boroughs located within NYC, it was first settled by Europeans in 1639. Instead of choosing a city or borough, I chose to focus on a specific community located within the city of the Bronx due to Bronx being so large in size. The community that I chose to utilize for the final project is the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Morrisania was created in 1855 and is the area known as the South Bronx. It is reported that the powerful Morris family (hence the name Morrisania) who at one time owned most of the Bronx as well as New Jersey. The area consists of the area codes 10456 and 10459. Starting north and moving clockwise, the boundaries of Morrisania are: the Cross Bronx Expressway, Crotona Park North, Southern Boulevard, Westchester Avenue, 161st Street, Brook Avenue, and Webster Avenue. The reason I chose to utilize this community is because I was born here and would like to learn more in depth about the community that I was essentially raised in.

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