NR 443 Week 2 Discussion -Demographic and Epidemiological Assessment


Demographic and Epidemiological Assessment (graded)
A demographic and epidemiological assessment is a type of analysis used by public health professionals to understand the characteristics of a population and the health issues that affect it. A demographic assessment typically involves gathering and analyzing data on the population’s size, age, gender, race/ethnicity, and other characteristics. An epidemiological assessment, on the other hand, focuses on the incidence, prevalence, and distribution of diseases and other health conditions within the population.

Combining these two types of assessments can provide a comprehensive picture of a population’s health needs and allow public health professionals to identify trends, patterns, and potential health disparities. This information can then be used to develop targeted interventions and strategies for improving the health of the population.
For this discussion, you will collect assessment data about your city or county. This post will include information about demographics (general characteristics) and epidemiological data (disease or health behavior rates) of your community.

1. Demographic data: Go online to the U.S. Census Bureau at Obtain information about the demographic characteristics of the population for your city or county of residence. You may have to look at county data if your city is not listed. Collect a range of demographic data about age, ethnicity, poverty levels, housing, and education.

2. Epidemiological data: Go to your City or County Health Department website (search the Internet) or County Health Rankings to discuss epidemiological data about your area. Identify several priority health concerns for your area.

3. Identify several priority health concerns for your area. There is a helpful tip sheet about the US Census website located in Doc Sharing that will assist you in using this website. Nies, M. A., & McEwen, M. (2015). Community/Public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations(6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier.

NR 443 Week 2 DQ 1 Census Data and Epidemiological Data Recent
Census Data and Epidemiological Data (Graded)

Go online to the U.S. Census Bureau Obtain information about the demographic characteristics of the population for your county of residence. Once you are on the website, choose the link to “QuickFacts”, and from there you can choose state, county, and city data. You may have to look at county data if your city is not listed. There is also a tab where you can see U.S. comparable data, too.

Include information about age, income, housing, and education. Post a brief summary of the key demographic characteristics of the population in your county (do not copy and paste directly from the website) and apply these data to your community by answering the following questions:

How do the data from your county compare to the sets of data from the other counties posted by other students in your discussion group?
Based on the demographic data, what health needs might you anticipate for the population in your county?

NR 443 Week 2 DQ 2 Communicable Diseases (graded) Recent
Communicable Diseases (Graded)

Review the levels of prevention of communicable diseases discussed in Chapter 25 (Nies& McEwen, 2011). Choose a communicable disease objective listed within theHealthy People 2020 topic area (p. 492). Discuss a role (function) that you, as a CHN, could play in implementing the objective. What community health nursing intervention would you implement? Describe at least two levels of prevention you could address and how you can address them.



Collaborating With the Community (Graded)

Identify a community or aggregate you are currently involved with at home (personal life) or at work. Cite some major value, major strengths, and health needs of your community or aggregate. How could a nurse work collaboratively with a community to build on these strengths and facilitate community empowerment? Keep in mind the different methods of community outreach the nurse could utilize.

Please note: According to Nies and McEwan (2011), the definition of an aggregate is a “community composed of people who share common characteristics” (p.92). Remember, aggregates do not necessarily know or interact with one another, but share a common bond such as religious belief, age, life experience, illness, etc.

Resources (Graded)

Assurance is one of the three core functions of public health. Knowing what resources are available is part of this function. Find a resource in your community that could be used as a referral source and share information about the services provided. Who is eligible for the services? What could be done in order to improve the accessibility, acceptability, affordability, or availability of this resource in your community? Make sure to address all four of the A’s in your posting.

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