Overall Health in Fargo North Dakota Essay

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Care of Vulnerable Populations


• Week 1: Windshield Survey and Key Informant Interviews. Complete the First Section of the course template and submit. (Keep this section attached to Weeks 2 and 3 assignments.)

• Week 2: Statistical Analysis of Community Health Problem. Complete the Second Section of the course template and submit. (Keep this section attached to Weeks 1 and 3 assignments.)

• Week 3: Community Health Nursing Intervention. Complete the Third Section of the course template and submit. By now, you should have Sections 1-3 as one whole document.

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Windshield Survey and Key Informant Interviews

Student Name: _Date: _

Name of Community or Zip Code: _

Module One (Week One): Part One Windshield Survey and Key Informant Interviews

Please complete the following information on this template about the community you have selected. If you do not use this template there will be a 10- point grade penalty per assignment, and you will be required to resubmit within 48 hrs. You may increase the size of the blocks on the template by continuing to type within each section. Use as much space as necessary to provide your answers.



Physical Environment

Make sure you address fully what you observed, and NOTE if something was not found within your community area.

• Boundaries

What defines the boundaries? Roads, water, railroads. Is the area known for a particular name? What area is this community located in?

This area has become famous in pop culture because of a film called "Fargo" by the Coen Brothers, which is now a TV show. It is a crime show but the actual town is far less surreal. The boundaries consist of: Red River, which divides North Dakota from Minnesota and runs North-South on the eastern half of the town. Fargo as a whole sits in North Dakota. I-94 runs East-West through the southern half of the town, and I-29 runs North-South through the western half of the town. Hector International Airport is on the northern half of the town.

• Housing and Zoning

What is the age of the houses? Describe type of construction material, appearance, and general condition. Do you see single family housing? Multi-family housing?

The houses are mid-century in many neighborhoods. There are many single family houses but also many multi-family houses as well. Houses are ranch, bi-level and two-story, as well as apartment buildings (brick, siding mostly).

• Common Meeting Places

Where do people in the neighborhood hang out? Who hangs out there and what hours of the day?

North Dakota State University is in the center of town, so students will hang out on campus or at the local establishments (Bison Turf, Deeks Pizza -- open late night, El Zagal Par 3 Golf Course on Red River).
The pizza place gets late night young people, the golf course sees all ages during the day time hours. Bison Turf is a night time and weekend hang out.

• Indicators of Growth or Decline

Is this a "thriving" community or does it look "run down?" Is there new or ongoing construction? Businesses and Industries coming to the area? Are buildings, roadways, and public areas clean and well-kept. Do you see dirt, trash, or graffiti?

The community is well-established and is neither thriving nor run down. Parts look poorer than others. And one block or section of the neighborhood may appear wealthier than another just a couple of blocks away. There is ongoing construction on the main roads through town. There is no sign of graffiti or trash. Things are relatively clean.

• Employment Opportunities

What places for employment are there is this area? Name the businesses and industries in this area.

There are many restaurants and bars (Boiler Room, JL Beers, Spicy Pie Pizza, Cafe Aladdin) that are perfect for students and service workers. There is a senior center and several health care facilities for health care professionals. The college is there plus secondary education schools for education professionals, and there are two golf courses for those who prefer working outdoors. Sanford Health is the largest employer, followed by North Dakota State University and Fargo Public Schools.


How to people get from one place to another? Is public transportation available? How timely is it? Personal autos? Bikes? Walking?

Public transportation is available and is timely as there is not a lot of traffic. There are many personal automobiles lining the streets. Some people bike, and some walk.


Make sure you address fully what you observed and NOTE if something was not found within your community area.

• Race and Ethnicity

What is the majority racial group represented? What is the majority ethnic group represented? Describe the distribution of gender, approximate ages, single families, multiple families, generational families?

The major racial group represented is Caucasian. The majority ethnic group represented is white American. The population is evenly divided according gender and age. Because of the college, there is a good mix of young and old. Single families, multiple families and generational families can all be found in the neighborhoods.

• Cultural Characteristics

What cultural similarities or differences do you observe? Languages spoken? Clothing? Ethnic eating places? Culturally-based celebrations? Signs in languages other than English?

Everything is typically American here. Clothing is like that seen online or worn by people on TV. Older people dress less trendily but students all have the latest styles of dress and hair styles. There are some ethnic diners -- Aladin's Cafe is Mediterranean, and there is a Chinese restaurant. There are no signs in other languages, however. Everything is in English.

• Lifestyle Healthy Behaviors

What healthy lifestyle behaviors do you observe? Do you see people exercising, wearing helmets when biking, seat belt usage, using trash cans for garbage disposal, healthy eating practices?

I see people walking, riding bikes. Only a few people on bikes wear helmets though. People driving do wear their seat belts. There is not much litter, so people are using trash cans for garbage disposal. I do not see evidence of any healthy eating practices, although there are health food stores in town and people shop there.

• Lifestyle Risk Behaviors

What unhealthy lifestyle behaviors do you observe? Do you see people practicing risky lifestyle behaviors such as drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, fighting? Do you see signs of violence, gang activity, drug use, criminal activity, and bars on doors and/or windows? Do you see overweight/underweight persons? Do you see children unattended playing out in the streets? Do you see any signs of homelessness? Street people? Describe gender, age, and race/ethnicity of persons observed.

I see many overweight people, especially older ones. Younger persons tend to be fit and thin. I do not see signs.....

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