During the Community health rotation we had the opportunity to conduct a Windshield Survey in Warrenton, Virginia, a town in Fauquier County. Fauquier County was number eight in the United States Census Bureau list of the highest income counties in the United States. Despite this statistical data, while conducting the windshield Survey we were able to witness the prevalence of poverty in the community. At the 2000 Census, the population in Warrenton was 6,670, and by 2010 Census the population grew by 45 percent, to 9,611. (Community Health Solutions, 2011) The top three largest growing populations are the white community, the black or African American community, and the Hispanic or Latino community. (Community Health Solutions, 2011)
For this project our target population is the Hispanic/Latino community because their population has grown dramatically, by 10 percent in the last ten years (Community Health Solutions, 2011), and because they are a population with particular vulnerabilities in the town of Warrenton. Hispanics in general have higher risk factors for many different chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver disease and cirrhosis; furthermore, the situation is aggravated by the fact that Hispanics have substantially higher uninsured rates, compared with whites and black African Americans. (Kaiser Commission, 2013)
• Access to Healthcare: Fauquier Hospital is a non-profit community hospital established in 1956. The hospital serves the Warrenton, Fauquier County and surrounding counties. The acute care hospital offers inpatient and outpatient care, and emergency room services available 24 hours a day. A helicopter allows quick access to major trauma centers. (Town of Warrenton, 2008)
~ Fauquier Free Clinic serves low income, uninsured residents of both Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. The patients seen at this clinic come from households living at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. The only patients this clinic sees and treats are the ones with no health insurance and no access to Medicaid, Medicare or other health care support. (Town of Warrenton, 2008)
• Transportation: Warrenton is easily accessible via most Virginia primary routes: 15, 17, 29, and 211. These routes provide access to interstates 66, 64, 81, and 95 which link Warrenton to Northern Virginia employment centers, as well as trade routes across the country. A commuter park & ride lot is located north of Warrenton on Southbound U.S 29 at the intersection with colonial road. (Town of Warrenton, 2008)
~ Circuit Rider is a shuttle service available for transportation around Warrenton Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The shuttle begins each circuit at the Warrenton Post Office and makes additional stops each hour before returning to the Post Office to begin another circuit. The cost to ride the shuttle is $0.50 per ride, except Mondays when it’s free to ride the circuit. (Town...