Windshield Survey Tool
Nurses must be able to knowledgeably plan services for individuals, families and the community. In
order to effectively plan, it is essential that you are aware of the resources specific to the community a
client resides in to allow for identification of health-related resources and to understand gaps in
services. A windshield survey is conducted from a car and provides a visual overview of a community.
Conditions and trends in the community that could affect the health of the population should be noted.
This data provides background and context for working with individuals and families in their community.
Information gathered from this survey should be added to this template. If data is collected (statistical,
informational, geographic), then a reference page using APA format (6th edition) is expected.
Are the boundaries geographical,
political, or economic?
Do neighborhoods have names?
Are there sub-communities?
How are these identified?
Notes (to make notes about the questions on the left)
Housing and Zoning
What is the age of the buildings? Are the
residences single family or multifamily
Apply statistics from census & cite APA
Signs of Decay
Is the area well maintained or in
disrepair? Is there garbage strewn? Are
there trashed/abandoned cars, places for
rodents or other wildlife to hide, vacant
Does what you see on your windshield survey match the census
Parks and Recreational Areas
Are there play areas for children and
adults? Are they safe and maintained? Is
there a Community Center? Who uses
Playgrounds, youth clubs, YMCA, church-based community
Health Department Webpage for the State & Census Bureau
The population for Bowie, MD is 55, 296 residents (US Census
Where do people collect for social
gatherings; where do they Ã¢â‚¬Å“hang outÃ¢â‚¬Â?
Are they for particular groups or are they
open to all? Are there signs posted?
What stores (grocery, retail, drug, dry
cleaning, etc.) are in the area? How do
Public buses, train/metro/Marc/walk (sidewalks)
residents travel to them?
How do most people get around the
area? Is there public transportation? If so
what kind and does it appear to be used?
Who uses it? What is the condition of the
streets, roads, highways?
Park and ride, ride share, are there on-line carpool sharing
Is there evidence of local and national
newspapers to other media? Are there
informational posters on streets, busses,
Is there a local newspaper? Bowie Blade
What services are available in the
community Ã¢â‚¬â€œ health care, social services,
schools, employment offices etc.?
Are the times convenient? Open in the evenings, weekends?
People in the Community
Who is in the area during the day? What
evidence is thereof particular Ã¢â‚¬Å“classesÃ¢â‚¬Â of
people Ã¢â‚¬â€œ upper, middle, working, lower?
What are the major industries located in
the area? What types of occupations are
Bowie Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ft Meade, military base nearby.
Where are fire and police stations
located? Is there evidence of police and
fire protection in the area?
What is the predominant ethnic group?
Are there residents from a variety of
ethnic backgrounds or is the community
mostly one group? Which one? Are there
stores, restaurants, churches, schools, or
languages that indicate a particular ethnic
Red light cameras
What churches and church-run schools
are in the area (denomination)? How
many are there of each denomination?
Health and Morbity
Is there evidence of any health problems
such as drug/alcohol abuse,
communicable or chronic diseases,
mental illness (etc)?
Is there evidence of political activity? Are
there any signs that indicate a
predominant political party (parties)or
Census data and State Health Department
Election time in less than 90 days away
–What effect has COVID19 had on your community?
—What effect has it had on shopping?
5 Pictures of the community. ******
1 Image of the zip code of the area.
Format for APA edition
U.S. Census Bureau (year data was published). Name of data or report. Retrieved
U.S. Census Bureau (2011). Selected housing characteristics, 2007-2011 American
Community Survey 5-year estimates.
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