Community Strategic Plan
For this assignment, identify an area of focus in community health within your own community.
Using Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns framework (Perception of health, Nutrition and metabolism, Elimination, Activity and exercise, Sleep and rest, Cognition and perception, Self-perception and self-concept, Role and relationships, Sexuality and reproduction, Tolerance to stress, Values and belief) assess the health risks in your community.
In your community assessment paper, include the following:
Identify resources in your community that would enable you to complete a community assessment and submit a summary of your findings (1–2 paragraphs).
Examples of Community Strengths and Concerns, and assess the strengths and concerns of your community (2–3 paragraphs).
Identify potential barriers to implementing community health plans in your community and brainstorm ways of addressing these barriers (2–3 paragraphs).
Your paper should be 2–3 pages in length, not including the cover and reference pages. Use APA throughout.
You must include 2–3 sources that are APA cited and referenced in your paper. (Sources may include community resources such as flyers, brochures, interviews, news stories, and local research data from credible sources.)
Review the rubric for further information on how your assignment will be graded.
Due: Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)
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Paper/Essay Rubric 110pt
Paper/Essay Rubric 110pt
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Content
40 to >31.6 pts
The writer clearly and effectively responds to the assignment.
31.6 to >23.6 pts
The response to the assignment is generally adequate but may not be thorough.
23.6 to >0 pts
The writer does not respond to the assignment.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Focus and Detail
30 to >23.7 pts
There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main ideas are clear and are well supported by detailed and accurate information.
23.7 to >17.7 pts
There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main ideas are clear but are not well supported by detailed information.
17.7 to >0 pts
The topic and main ideas are not clear.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization
30 to >23.7 pts
The introduction is inviting, states the main topic, and provides an overview of the paper. Information is relevant and presented in a logical order. The conclusion is strong.
23.7 to >17.7 pts
The introduction states the main topic and provides an overview of the paper. A conclusion is included.
17.7 to >0 pts
There is no clear introduction, structure, or conclusion.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Mechanics and APA
10 to >7.9 pts
The assignment consistently follows current APA format and is free from errors in formatting, citation, and references. No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. All sources are cited and referenced correctly.
7.9 to >5.9 pts
The assignment consistently follows current APA format with only isolated and inconsistent mistakes and/or has a few grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Most sources are cited and referenced correctly.
5.9 to >0 pts
The assignment does not follow current APA format and/or has many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Many sources are cited and referenced incorrectly, or citations and references are missing.
Total Points: 110
Resources for Community Assessment
There are different resources in my community of Ventura County, California, that can help me effectively complete the community assessment using Gordon’s functional health pattern framework. This would include considering Ventura health care agency and Ventura County public health department resources. I would also explore reports related to public forums and listening sessions, assessing community health needs and various reports from focus groups. I would also rely on resources providing results for surveys and interviews of community members in Ventura County highlighting various community health needs.
Summary of Findings
Considering the different areas of Gordon’s functional health patterns framework, it is evident that the residents of Ventura County have a general good health perception and also apply different important health management activities. Most of the residents in Ventura County, therefore, indicated that they comply with doctors’ advice when they are ill and always ensure that they comply with the medication regimen administered by healthcare practitioners. Most of the residents of Ventura County also highlighted that they consistently involve themselves in health promotion activities, including annual checkups and regular exercise (city of hope, 2020). The high compliance of residents of Ventura County with doctor’s advice and medical regimen can be attributed to a high health literacy of the members of the Ventura community, which can be directly attributed to the high levels of literacy among community members with a higher proportion of members of Ventura County had at least a college degree compared to the state of California and even national levels. On the other hand, considering the nutritional and metabolic functional health pattern of the community in Ventura County, it is evident that the community in Ventura adheres to a healthy dietary pattern which includes the consumption of fruit and vegetable. However, a significant proportion of the community in Ventura County does not consistently eat healthily and normally indulges in fast foods and soft drinks (VCPH, 2020). Relating to elimination, there are no challenges such as bowel movement issues, pain on urination, and other issues that were reported for the majority of individuals in the Ventura community. Most of the community members in the Ventura community describe their elimination process as normal (VCPH, 2019). On the other hand, related to activity and exercise, at least half of the community members in Ventura County highlighted that they consistently involve themselves in physical activity at least five days a week which includes walking, jogging, and other physical activities. On the other hand, related to the cognitive and perceptual functional health pattern, there were no observable issues that were evident in the community in Ventura County, with most community members reporting adequate vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste, and perception (VCPH, 2019). However, a small proportion of the community in Ventura County struggles with cognitive issues such as memory and decision-making associated with alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental health issues (city of hope, 2020). On the other hand, related to sleep and rest, a significant proportion of the community in Ventura County highlighted that they always sleep at least 6 hours which is way lower than the recommended 7.5 hours of sleep for every adult. On the other hand, Related to self-perception and self-concept, the body image, body comfort, and the perception of abilities of most community members in Ventura is positive. Most of the members of the community in Ventura County are satisfied with their work, social relationship, and family and view themselves as being successful in life to an extent. On the other hand, related to sexuality and reproductive patterns, Ventura County has relatively low cases of infant mortality, with most members of the community expressing satisfaction with sexual relationships (VCPH, 2020). On the other hand, relating to coping and stress tolerance, most individuals in Ventura County highlighted that they have the right support systems to manage stress, such as the address to counselors and other professionals. On the right support, systems to manage stress such as access to counselors and other professionals. On the other hand, related to value and belief, most members of Ventura county highlight that they view their religious beliefs as important to their life but also do not see any way their religious beliefs conflict with their health (city of hope, 2020).
Community Strength and Concern
Considering the community health assessment of Ventura County, it is therefore evident that the main strength of the community related to health includes high levels of education and health literacy in the community and high-income levels of the community compared to Statewide and national rates.
On the other hand, the central health concerns in the Ventura community include addressing the burden of chronic diseases, especially among senior citizens above 65 years of age, and also reducing the impact of behavioral health issues such as mental health, alcoholism, and drug abuse.
Potential Barriers to Implementing Community Health Plans
The potential barriers that can significantly slow down the implementation of community health plans for Ventura County include bureaucracy and lack of adequate funds to support the community health plan. To address the barrier related to bureaucracy, it will be important to lobby the relevant leaders in the implementation of a community health plan. On the other hand, seeking funding from non-governmental organizations can help support community health plans focusing on Ventura County (Gengo et al., 2021).
Cityofhope. (2020, January). 2019 Community Needs Assessment. cityofhope.org.
Gengo E Silva Butcher, R. D. C., & Jones, D. A. (2021). An integrative review of comprehensive nursing assessment tools developed based on Gordon’s Eleven Functional Health Patterns. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, 32(4), 294–307. https://doi.org/10.1111/2047-3095.12321
Ventura County Public Health. (2020). Ventura County Public Health. Retrieved March 26, 2022, from https://www.healthmattersinvc.org/
Ventura County Public Health (VPN). (2019, December). Ventura County Community Health Needs Assessment 2019.