Wgu Community Health Task 1 Essay

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Community Health Assessment

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Community Description This city of Port Orange is located in Central Florida, in Volusia County. Dr Milton Hawks arrived during what was actually the second wave of settlers to explore what is now known as Port Orange. He is also credited with giving the settlement its name. It was incorporated April 26th of 1867. As of the U.S. census there were 56,048 residents of the growing city. The city’s total area is 28.7 square miles, of which 2.0 sq miles are made up of water and 26.6 sq miles are land. Port Orange is a beautiful city on the East Coast of Florida, home of the World’s most famous beach. With average temperatures in the 80-90s in the summer, many Port Orange residents enjoy the …show more content…

Mortality and Leading Causes of Death for Volusia County. Cancer has been the leading cause of death for Volusia County since 2006, with heart disease at a close second. The county’s age-related death rate from cancer is 182.3 per 100,000 people as compared to the state’s total of 160.4, and the national average of 179.1 (Fl Dept of Health). Volusia also has a greater rate of adolescent cigarette smokers, the state average being 6.1%, and Volusia County being 8.3%. Volusia County’s adult smoker population also is greater than the state average, 23.3 vs. 17.2. Volusia residents suffer from heart disease greater than most other Florida counties. In 2012 there were 112.7 deaths per 100,000 people as apposed to the state total of 103.5 and the national total of 179.1. Another concern is with the growing obesity population in which comes with it increased risk for hypertension, heart disease, and many other diseases. Both the county and state totals are approximately 82% higher than the national rate. A group of Volusia County residents, called Healthy Volusia, has made the problem with obesity a top priority (Dept of Health).

Access to Healthcare 496,950 people reside in Volusia County (2012). Out of the 67 Florida counties, Volusia ranks 23rd in clinical care. Volusia residents have access to many hospitals and clinics and that number is growing quickly. As of 2005 there were 1016.010 general practitioners per 100,000 people.

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