Community Health Essay

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Community Health Nursing Assessment
Western Governors University

Community Health Nursing Assessment

A1. Community Description
Hernando County is located in west central Florida. The county was officially established on February 27, 1843. It was created from portions of Alachua, Hillsborough and Orange Counties and centered between Citrus County to the north and Pasco County to the south. Its county seat is Brooksville and its largest community is unincorporated Spring Hill. According to “Hernando County History” 2010, the county has a total area of 589.08 square miles, of which 478.31 square miles is land and 110.77 square miles is water. Hernando County
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The county’s commerce is dependent on agriculture, private and government business, growth and development, and tourism (“Hernando County History”, 2010). Statistical information obtained for this community will provide valuable information that will help ascertain the impact of care and how that care will be delivered.

A2. Data

Demographic and Socioeconomic Demographic and Socio-economic characteristics are often strong predictors for assessing healthcare outcomes and access to healthcare. In Hernando County the population exceeds 173,000, and during the next twenty five years, the county’s population is expected to increase by 49.3 percent compared to 44.9 percent for the state of Florida. Thirty-one percent of Hernando’s population is older than age sixty-five compared to eighteen percent for Florida as a whole. The county is “older” than most counties in Florida. According to the Well Florida Council (2006), Hernando County has a significantly higher percentage (91.6) of white residents compared to only (4.6) of black residents. In contrast, 6.6 percent of Hernando County residents comprise Hispanics and other nationalities. The median incomes of residents living in the county are substantially lower than those of all Florida residents. Hernando households have incomes less than $25,000 per year compared to the state as a whole however,
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