Windshield Assessment PowerPoint

Windshield Assessment PowerPoint

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation which performs a “Windshield Assessment” of a community in your area. Refer to Chapter 18: Community as Client: Assessment and Analysis, Table 18-5 on p. 420.

Be sure to include a title slide, an introductory slide, a reference slide, and a slide for  each  of the following assessment details:

· Boundaries,

· Housing and Zoning,

· Open Space,

· Commons,

· Transportation,

· Social Services Centers,

· Stores,

· Street People and Animals,

· Condition of the Area,

· Race and Ethnicity,

· Religion,

· Health Indicators,

· Politics,

· Media,

· Business and Industry (a minimum of 18 slides total).

The PowerPoint presentation should include photographs, illustrations, and bullet points. The speaker’s notes must accompany each slide and be at least 100 words in length. You must include three sources which are cited within the speaker’s notes and included on the reference slide.


Each community has its own characteristics. These characteristics along with demographic data provide valuable information in understanding the population that lives within the community and the health status, strengths/limitations, risks and vulnerabilities unique to the “population-of-interest”. Once you have defined a “community-of-interest” to assess, a  windshield survey  is the equivalent of a community head-to-toe assessment. The best way to conduct a windshield survey is to have a designated driver and at least one other passenger to scan the outline and take notes. Having one pair of eyes on the road, you can benefit from having several other individuals noticing the unique characteristics of the community…a shared experience provides additional insight. As you analyze your findings, it may be necessary to make a second tour to fill in any blanks. Many of us take these characteristics for granted, but they provide a rich context for understanding communities and populations and have significant impact on the health status of the community in general. You will report your findings in practicum conference and use relevant findings in your Community Problem Analysis (CPA) paper, so collect your findings and analysis in a useful format.

BoundariesWhat defines the boundary of? Roads, water, railroads? Does the area have a name? A nickname?
Housing and zoningWhat is the age of the houses? What kind of materials in the construction? Describe the housing including space between them, general appearance and condition, and presence of central heating, air conditioning, and modern plumbing.
Open spaceDescribe the amount, condition, use of open space? Is the space used? Safe? Attractive?
CommonsWhere do people in the neighborhood hang out? Who hangs out there and what hours during the day?
TransportationHow do people get from one place to another? Public transportation and if so, what kind and how effective; How timely? Personal autos? Bikes, etc?
Social service centersDo you see evidence of recreation centers, parks, social services, offices of doctors, dentists, pharmacies
StoresStreet people and animalsWhere do residents shop? How do they get to the shops? Do they have groceries or sources of fresh produce? Is this a “food desert”?Who do you see on the streets during the day? Besides the people, do you see animals? Are they loose or contained?
Condition of the areaIs the area well kept or is there evidence of trash, abandoned cars or houses? What kind of information is provided on the signs in the area?
Race and ethnicityWhat is the race of the people whom you see? What do you see about indices of ethnicity? Places of worship, food stores, restaurants? Are signs in English or other languages? (If the latter, which ones)?
ReligionWhat indications do you see about the types of religion residents practice?
Health indicatorsDo you see evidence of clinics, hospitals, mental illness, and/or substance abuse?
PoliticsWhat indicators do you see about politics? Posters, headquarters?
MediaDo you see indicators of what people read? If they watch television? Listen to the radio?
Business & industryWhat type of business climate exists? Manufacturers? Light or heavy industry? Large employers? Small business owners? Retail? Hospitality industry? Military installation? Do people have to seek employment elsewhere?
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