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Primary Prevention Topic Access to healthcare can be arguably the most important factor to prevent disease, injury, disability or premature death. “Access to health services impacts ones overall physical, social and mental health” (ODPHP], 2016). Quality of life can be greatly improved in the community ifall individuals are healthy, living long prosperous lives. Application of Learning from Simulation to Future Community Assessment Strategies Prior to beginning this city assessment, I had never considered how my city would look to those who are analyzing it, or even those who are just passing though. After slowing down to study the outward appearance of Sentinel City, it is easy to see how a city can be judged by outsiders. Along the same line, digging into the statistical data that is available in the simulated city, it is interesting to see the different resources this city provides to its residents. Arguably most important, through this assessment, I have learned the important questionsto ask when assessing a community. These questions will first help to look over the community as a whole and note important things I see, then to focus my assessment on a particular area of interest. I have the ability to diagnose a populations area of need, using health needs assessments and determine a plan, at times based on Healthy People 2020, like in this case, to best assist this population in becoming healthier and happier. Going forward, I have a better understanding of what it takes to assess a community, and their safety, needs and health status, although I know it will be much harder, as statistical data won’t all be laid out on easy-to-read graphs.
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