Examine the indicators of social functioning that can give you a sense of how your community views health and how the social interactions affect the health status.


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The Objective Data are also known as generated data and are divided into six dimensions: physical, human biology, psychological, social, behaviorial, and health systems. Each of these dimensions are vital to determining what health issues are present in your community.

a. Physical Dimension
The physical dimension of your community describes how the environment you live in affects the health of your community. You are assessing both the positive and negative aspects of the physical environment. Some communities are very oriented to outdoor activities, such as many of the communities in Colorado. Others are less likely to have this orientation due to the climate restraints or attitude of the community towards a preference for indoor activities such as theater, opera, concerts, etc. While other communities are in such a state of disrepair that crime is rampant and people do not go outside their homes unless it is necessary.
b. Human Biology Dimension
Describe the who live in your community. A community predominately populated with young families have very different needs than a retirement community. Exam the growth trends. Communities that are experiencing a sudden increase in population (boom) such as occurs frequently in Wyoming require the ability to quickly respond to the health needs of an influx of persons as compared to those who are loosing population (bust). These later communities may loose highly qualified health professionals and find their access to health services greatly diminished.
Analyzing mortality rates will give you a clue to some of the health behaviors (or lack of) in your community. High rates of lung cancer might be attributed to smoking or it might indicate an issue with air quality. Immunization rates will reveal the community’s attitude toward preventative health behaviors. A high rate of diabetes may point to a population who is obese due to poor nutrition. Also, look beyond the obvious to determine if there are other factors causing morbidity and mortality issues.

c. Psychological Dimension
The sources of stress and the rates of suicide and homicide will give you clues about some of the underlying causes. Is it a result of high levels of poverty, bullying in the schools and workplace, domestic violence, and/or high rates of alcohol and/or drug abuse.
d. Social Dimension
Every community has a social ‘personality’. Some are more conservative; others are more liberal; most are somewhere in the middle. Examining the indicators of social functioning can give you a sense of how your community views health and how the social interactions affect the health status. In your community is fairly homogeneous, i.e., all the same ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic group, then interaction among members will be higher than if there is a great deal of diversity with groups who do not trust and interact with each other. This is not to say that diversity is a bad thing. On the contrary, diversity in a community can also help increase tolerance and acceptance. Your assessment should include an analysis of how well the diverse groups cooperate to improve the overall health of the communit




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