Literature review, community inventory/windshield
survey & community health assessment tool of
Table of contents
3.0 Community Inventory
3.1 Key issues identified
5.0 Literature reviews
6.0 Health Assessment tool
7.0 Proposal for administering assessment tool
Studying communities involves exploring people’s views of their community and provides
information about how people feel about their community. In this research report a small
community of Hokitika will be examined in great detail. Identifications of needs in the
community, health problems and future goals for the community will be discussed.
• To identify key issues and use the information to develop a tool to assess these issues
for future analysis.
As a Community Health professional to be able to plan services for a community, it is essential
to know a specific community, identify health related resources that may be helpful to
members, and learn about gaps or problems in services. In this study, am working with the
Hokitika Community to try and gather all the information to achieve the proposed task using
the windshield survey. A windshield survey was conducted from a car and provided a visual
overview of the community at the same time developed a series of questions based on the
condition and trends in the community that could affect the health of the community were
noted as highlighted in table 1. In addition to that, l visited the community four times over a
period of a month (every Saturday of the month of April). I walked around the community
making note of things l saw including taking pictures, felt and heard based in these questions.
I then went on to record the information that l had collected and gathered relevant to
questions that l needed to find answers to during my observations of the community to
complete the windshield survey. I had a few that l struggled with, but managed to speak to
some local people that l came across and got the answers to the questions. The recorded
information provided background and context for working in the community or for
conducting a community assessment.
With the use of the windshield survey, l identified a list of workplaces in the community which
have large staff numbers made up low socio-economic status workers and a significant
proportion of Maori and Pacific workers. I also obtained lists of workplaces from Work and
Income and Development west Coast to assist me with this process.
Four workplaces were identified that fitted the criteria and a letter is to be written to the
managers of each workplace outlining the proposed project and the benefits of having a
smokefree workplace. That will also accompanied by delivering smokefree resources like Quit
line information, Nicotine Replacement therapies e.g. lozenge packs or patches and set up
displays in some workplaces with posters for a period of six weeks. In...