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You now embark on the steps needed to perform your assessment. STEP ONE: IDENTIFYING HEALTH INDICATORS As noted earlier, the first step in a community health assessment is identifying health indicators. Develop a list of 18-20 indicators you would want to use in your assessment, identifying 3-4 indicators per domain. Complete the column on the right in this table: Domain: Indicator: (provide 3-4 per domain Communicable Diseases (including Sexually Transmitted Diseases) TB Rate, Hepatitis A rate, Lyme Disease Rate, Salmonella rate Chronic Diseases (including Cancer) Heart disease mortality rate, Diabetes mortality rate, COPD mortality rate, Breast cancer mortality rate Injury and Violence Fall injuries mortality rate, occupational injury mortality rate, poisoning mortality rate, suicide rate Maternal and Child Health Infant mortality rate, Neonatal infant mortality, Immunization status at 2 years of age, Very low birth weight Environmental Health Lead (2004), Have you had an illness in the past 12 months that you think was caused by outdoor air pollutants?, Have you had an illness in the past 12 months that you think was caused by poor indoor air quality? Access to Health Care % No medical insurance, % Children with no health insurance, Kindergarten Tooth Decay Rates STEP TWO: MATCHING THE INDICATORS Now that you have chosen indicators to use for a community health assessment, use the information provided in the tables below (Appendix) to match available data to your chosen indicators. In this example, residents of Pitt County constitute the community. If the Appendix does not give you the data 5
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for your indicator, you should choose another indicator (alternatively, you may seek out the data elsewhere that you need for your proposed indicator). Question: 1. Have you matched each of your indicators to the data available in the Appendix? If not, explain how and where you got the data needed for your proposed indicator. Yes, each of the idicaotr to the data available in the appendix. STEP THREE: SETTING HEALTH PRIORITIES Using the information gathered in the first two steps, please answer the following questions. Note: Keep in mind that in order to plan an effective intervention program in real life, you must communicate with other constituents and stakeholders and see what they perceive to be priority health issues. Collaboration with community stakeholders in program design is critical to the success of an intervention plan. For this purposes of this assignment, however, you are reviewing the data on your own, without the input from other stakeholders. Questions: 1. Looking at this data only, what would you conclude are three priority health issues for this population? (Can be picked by how the indicator compares) Lack of health insurance for a dults (20%) , premature mortality rate, and adult poverty rate (18%) 2.
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