Community health

The primary focus of a community health nurse is to improve the health of the community. To do this involves using demographic and epidemiological findings to assess the community’s health and diagnose its needs. This assessment is aligned with the module objective “Discuss the elements of practice in community/public health nursing.”

This assignment is not a paper, so there is no cover page. All of the work is completed by completing the attached template. As part of the assignment, you will complete the following tasks: typing data, an analysis of the findings with three (3) references, and community health nursing diagnoses directly on the template.

  • Compile a range of relevant demographic and epidemiological data found on the community assessment rubric for this assignment. Use the websites listed below, as well as other websites (you can also do a Google search to find the health data you are looking for), gather information about your county and compare it with your state and national numbers.

Example Websites…

Visit your local health department’s website for their annual report (some sites provide data by zip code whereas others may not)

The data you obtain may vary from source to source. **Be sure to include your source/reference!.

  • This assignment is not intended to be overwhelming and should take no more than 3-4 hours to complete.
  • If you are unable to locate data, check with your peers to see where their information was located or you may record “no data available” in the provided assessment template.
  • Record the most recent data available; the data you record should be dated within the last 5 years;
  • Complete the assignment using the attached template on STEP 2.
  • Once you have obtained the required data, in the Analysis Section of the template, write a summary of findings in the space provided. Click on the analysis space and begin typing your summary. Identify actual and at risk health problems from the data that are relevant to your community.
  • Below the analysis summary formulate 2 (two) community health diagnoses using the data you have collected. Use the Figure 6-2 format in Chapter 6, pp.102 of your textbook
  • How your community is doing in comparison with other communities?


    Minimum of four (4) total references: two (2) references from required course materials and two (2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information)

    Peer-reviewed references include references from professional data bases such as PubMed or CINHAL applicable to population and practice area, along with evidence based clinical practice guidelines. Examples of unacceptable references are Wikipedia, UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.


    Unless otherwise specified, all the written assignment must follow APA 6th edition formatting, citations and references. Click here to download the Microsoft Word APA 6th edition template. Make sure you cross-reference the APA 6th edition book as well before submitting the assignment.

    Number of Pages/Words

    Unless otherwise specified all papers should have a minimum of 600 words (approximately 2.5 pages) excluding the title and reference pages.


    To be successful, complete the following steps in order:

    STEP 1. Review the instructional materials and finish learning activities in this module.

    STEP 2. Click here to download the rubric. Click here to download the template.

    STEP 3. Create a new Word document, write your paper based on the above overview.

    STEP 4. Refer to APA book and rubric for correctly formatting the paper.

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