ASSESSING COMMUNITY NEEDS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION

Project Part 1
A community health needs assessment involves a number of steps. As a health educator, you need to be able to complete each step efficiently in order to produce an accurate assessment of the community’s health needs. The starting point of a community health needs assessment is to know why you are conducting the assessment and how you are going to use the assessment results. Once you thoroughly understand the purpose of a community health needs assessment, you will be able to conduct the assessment and utilize its results in a more efficient and fruitful manner.
For Part I of the Final Project, read this week’s resources. Then, determine the community you would like to focus on for your community health needs assessment project. This can be the community you reside in or a community with which you are familiar. Select a population (e.g., elderly people, teenage mothers) that you want to focus on within the community.
The Assignment (3–4 pages excluding APA citations)
Address the following three areas this week for Part 1 of the Final Project:
Present the purpose of a community health needs assessment: 

For this section, clearly articulate your understanding of what a community health needs assessment is and why someone would conduct one. Explain your understanding based on the resources, and apply this information to your chosen community.
Describe your community and a population within the community:
Using the Understanding and Describing the Community resource from Week 2 for guidance, provide a description of the community you selected.
Describe the specific population (e.g., the elderly, African-American adolescents) within the community that you will use to conduct the community health needs assessment. Some topics you may wish to discuss include:
The background and history of the chosen population
The rationale behind choosing this particular population
A description of the population’s socioeconomic factors
Explain the community health needs assessment’s goals:

Explain three to four overarching goals for your community health needs assessment.
Submit Part 1 of your Final Project by Day 7.

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