Community Strategic Plan: Community Assessment

Published: 2021-07-02
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Community health and its entire well-being is a fundamental area of focus in both medical and clinical fields. The primary objective relates to protection, improvements, and maintenance of the general health of the community and its composition. In the process of conducting a community assessment based on the executed strategic plan, it is important to acknowledge some of the risks that are likely to be encountered and which are linked to the health sectors (Swayne, Duncan, & Ginter, 2012). Despite the broad nature of the risks, our focus will entirely rely on the health framework provided by Gordon.

About the framework, some of the risks that are likely to be found in our community include the following:

Individual Environmental Risks

This aspect of Gordons' structure is portrayed as one of the primary risk that is likely to be observed in the community as a result of the factors that defines it. The major benchmarks explaining this risk is the fact that the society is composed of different people having varying financial capability hence determining their access to health facilities. In a similar aspect, the nature of foods that the individuals are likely to consume is dependent on their culture, family norms, capability and the position of the provider. Furthermore, in most cases, Meeting the health demands as determined by the nutritionist depends on the individuals' financial status also (Gordon, 2014). On a different note, nutritionists have ingredients that must also be applied in the food for it to meet the requirement as directed by the physicians. In my community, such a disparity is likely to result in health hazards hence posting a situation that even after prescription and efficient issuance of medicinal drugs, nutritional requirements still poses a challenge regarding preparation, maintenance, and its security

Age developmental risk

According to Gordons' framework, age is a factor that determines an individuals' ability to take care of his or her health appropriately. As a person grows the nature of life circumstances and facilities that one gets exposed to determines their level to take care of their health. In our community for example, despite access to such installations, information acts as a hindrance as some members may not be aware of the different ways of using the available facilities for the benefit of improving health standards. Furthermore, some services tend to be more expensive hence cannot be afforded by a good number of the community members.

Community Resources Applicable in the Assessment process

The primary community resource applied in the process include the expertise and the available health center. In this case, expertise refers to the community nurses, nutritionists, and physicians who were involved in the process of collecting data and coming up with an informed judgment pertaining the issue. Furthermore, facilities such as hospitals were also used to coming up with actual data pertaining attendance and progress of the different clients who have been handled in the hospital

Strategic strengths and concerns of the community

The power of the community in meeting its health objectives are embedded on some of the fundamental issues of concern including the following: Health perception: the societal members are well developed regarding understanding and knowledge towards health requirements. Despite the attention and care, the major drawback relates to the financial needs that must be part and parcel of the entire operation

Activity-exercise pattern: during the data collection process, while satisfying the reliability and validity aspect of the information, it was recorded that the community has enough space for exercises, adequate recreational facilities and individual exercise areas such as the gymnasium.

Potential Barriers

The planning process and implementation of the strategic plans are very crucial hence requires proper budgeting (Minkler, & Wallerstein, 2011). Due to the financial constraints facing the society such plan could not be implemented. Furthermore, the proportionality of the population and the available number of experts were incompatible hence deterring the process. To solve the situation, the governmental health agencies and other responsible non-governmental organs should intervene and provide sufficient funding of the entire process. Adequate funding is capable of ensuring adequate exploration of information and hiring of experts.


In conclusion, Planning and implementation of health strategies requires an organized, systematic and procedural outline that ensures all the community aspects are captured to the extent of satisfying the demands of the people. It is never realistic for a community especially in a developed nation to suffer from all the issues covered by the Gordons framework, an aspect that explains the extent of risk within my community.


Gordon, M. (2014). Manual of nursing diagnosis. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Minkler, M., & Wallerstein, N. (Eds.). (2011). Community-based participatory research for health: From process to outcomes. John Wiley & Sons.

Swayne, L. E., Duncan, W. J., & Ginter, P. M. (2012). Strategic management of health care organizations. John Wiley & Sons.

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