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Conduct a Windshield Survey

assessment

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Drive

around your community and take pictures.

Create a PowerPoint presentation No

more

than 10 slides addressing each area of the windshield study.

Maurer: Community/Public Health Nursing Practice, 5th Edition
Windshield Survey
Website Resource 15C
Use the following topics to guide your observational assessment of the community. Be sure to
note the condition of facilities and the presence or absence of services, facilities, housing, and
population.
1.
Area: Urban or rural, boundaries, densely or sparsely populated, and general
condition of the area (i.e., well or poorly maintained)
2.
Demographics: Observations about the people, including sex (mixed or heavily
skewed to one sex), ages (i.e., young, old, mix), homogeneous or culturally mixed,
and racial and ethnic characteristics
3.
Amenities and Open Spaces: Parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, recreation
areas, movie theaters, skating rinks, sports arenas, or lack thereof
4.
Transportation:
Public: Visible transportation such as buses, cabs, street cars, and subways
Private: Cars, motorcycles, bikes, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and other
vehicles, and the condition of the vehicles (i.e., new or old, well or poorly
maintained)
5.
Safety: Active or inactive neighborhoods and retail areas, pedestrians, people
mingling, children playing, presence of police, presence of gangs, and homes fortified
or not (i.e., having safety bars on the windows)
6.
Commercial Buildings and Areas: Type of retail stores and other services such as
shopping malls, strip malls, small neighborhood stores, liquor stores, check-cashing
establishments, grocery stores, and evidence of industry (i.e., factories in use or
abandoned)
7.
Government Offices: Town hall, police station, fire station, court house, human
service facilities, and other types of government buildings
8.
Health Services: Drug stores, public clinics, private clinics, hospitals, physicians’
offices, counseling services, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, or other types of
health-related buildings and services
9.
Schools Public elementary, middle, or high schools, private schools and types,
colleges, and technical schools (e.g., industrial, auto mechanic, beauty schools)
10.
Residential Areas: Types of residences (e.g., apartments, condominiums, row
houses, single-family dwellings) and condition (i.e., new or old, well or poorly
maintained), condition of lawns or common areas if available, and size of dwellings
(i.e., large or small apartment complexes, large or small homes, or a mix)
11.
Religion: Presence or absence of religious facilities, types of facilities (i.e.,
churches [denominations], synagogues, temples, mosques, convents), and mix of
religions represented
12.
Communication: Messages posted, newspaper stands, graffiti, and political signs
or other communication efforts
13.
Environment: Condition of air, water, and soil; noticeable smog or haze; and
obvious pollutants
14.
Other Observations Pertinent to Your Community

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