Rural Community Presentation
Assessment of a community is essential for planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs to improve the health of a population. Our windshield survey provided an informal means of evaluating the community of Grambling, Louisiana. By understanding the essential functions of the community one is allowed to better identify potential needs. My perception of the goals was to “Improve health-related quality of life and well-being for all individuals.” (HealthyPeople.gov). It is noted that people are living longer and promoting well-being emphasizes a person’s physical, mental, and social resources and enhances protective factors and conditions that foster ...view middle of the document...
Pictures were used to help better present the actual landscape and points of interest. As health care providers one must be knowledgeable about what is available within the community. As a conscientious consumer one also must be well-informed regarding where to find needed supplies.
The shopping windshield revealed that in the town of Grambling there are approximately 23 small businesses that help to supply the needed items for daily life. These are of a varied type and some do have a larger selection of items or merchandise than others. All of the stores are in fairly close proximately to each other and to the college campus which would lend to the accessibility of college students who may not have a vehicle. Retail trade is 15% of the most common type of industries for 2007-2011.
The Collegiate Shop is noted to be one of the larger stores. It has shoes in addition to men’s and women’s apparel. Other shops for apparel are Qualitees and Reali-Tees Gifts and Greek Shop. Both of these primarily offer specialized t-shirts to individuals or groups with customization as desired. Another business that also has apparel is the J&R Thrift Store. They have a variety of all types of clothing for men, women, children, and babies.
Fred’s, Dollar General, and Family Dollar offer such things as cleaning supplies, party supplies, pet supplies, auto and hardware, baby items, beauty items, electronics, entertainment, greeting cards, some grocery items, household products, office and school articles, seasonal stuff, and toys. They also offer some apparel and few shoes for men, women, children and babies. There is a pharmacy associated with Fred’s that helps with pharmaceutical needs.
There is one book store which is Barnes and Noble and it is located on the Grambling State University campus. It has a large selection of books that are required for courses on campus. Also located on the campus are a couple of eateries such as Panda Express which offers oriental food. There is also Taco Bell which has Mexican type food, and Burger King which offers hamburgers and fries. Other cafes/diners in town are Jeans Café which offers wings, seafood, burgers and poboys. Churches Chicken, Chicken & Waffles, and Stop and Shop which offers already prepared quick foodstuffs such as corndogs, pizza, and chicken.
There are 4 convenience stores which have a variety of items such as gas, eggs/dairy products, over the counter meds such as aspirin, cough meds, sinus medications and throat lozenges....