C228: Sentinel City Simulation Task 1

C228: Sentinel City Simulation Task 1

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Task 1

Sentinel City will allow you to learn critical thinking and reasoning skills in a community health experience. It will also provide the opportunity to explore some of the many determinants of health contributing to the health status of members of a simulated city before applying these concepts in C229 where you will assess your own community.

You will be credited for a total of 25 hours; Sentinel City simulation (20 hrs) and Bentonville simulation (5hrs). (There is no need to record or track your time spent in the simulations).

Within your course under Assessments, Task 1-View Task, you will find task requirements/directions. The assessment tools required to complete data collection in Sentinel City (SC) can be found under “Supporting Documents” link. Also, in this section you will find a link to “Approved Activities List” to complete section C-3.

1: Demographics, Neighborhood Safety, Scavenger Hunt

2: Windshield Survey

These tools help you gather data on the SC community to then discuss in your paper.  You will not submit these tools for evaluation. You will summarize the findings in your task 1 needs assessment.

  • Demographics Assessment
  • Neighborhood Community Safety Inventory
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Windshield Survey

 Please carefully follow steps 1-3 in section 6.1 of your COS.

Now that you have reviewed the task requirements and Sentinel City guide you are ready to begin! Sentinel City can be found under Lesson 6 Simulation. (Link found in section 6.1)

Print this list so you know where you will need to go once you start in the simulation.  You will be required to visit these 12 designated sites within Sentinel City.

  • Interfaith Church of Sentinel City
  • Better Health Clinic
  • Sentinel City Department of Transportation
  • Sentinel City School District
  • ABC Daycare
  • Sentinel City Affordable Housing Project
  • City Hall
  • Radio BUZZ 96.5FM
  • Sentinel City Healthcare System (Hospital)
  • Lily’s
  • Joe’s Grocery
  • Sentinel City Department of Parks and Recreation

DAY 10-13

GOAL: Your goal is to spend time in the simulation collecting the data necessary to complete the assessment tools and to take photos of the 12 required sites listed above. This is your data gathering phase. Our recommendation is to add a label for each location if a sign is not present for identification of the site.

Now you are ready to start the simulation!

While visiting these 12 sites in Sentinel City you will be required to stop and take a picture of  each location. There is a small camera icon located in the upper right hand corner of the simulation screen that will allow you to take a picture. A Photo Journal will be generated when pictures are taken.  Save the Photo Journal as a PDF to your Desktop to be submitted with task 1.

Your paper includes sections B through D.

Section B.  Write a summary of your findings from the needs-assessment tools.

This section is a summary of the findings from: Demographics Assessment, Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory, Windshield Survey, and Population Health Scavenger Hunt. Remember the data will come from your observations and the data sets within Sentinel City.

Note: The name of each of the four tools should be identified along with a brief summary of how each of the tools were used in the needs assessment.

B 1. Analyze the collected data using concepts of epidemiology and health determinants.

Refer to these 3 sections of your COS for additional information:

Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Epidemiological Data

Application of Epidemiology

Your goal is to choose about 4-5 health concerns you identified in section B. Prove that each of these are significant health concerns by discussing your collected data. Discuss contributing factors/variables within SC that may be adding to each health concern.

C 1. Identify three top health concerns in Sentinel City based on your findings from section B-1.  Discuss why each problem (health concern) is relevant.

Click HERE to access the HP20/20 topics.

Each identified health concern will be aligned with a related Healthy People 2020 objective or goal. See linked HP 2020 video here for further explanation.

Healthy People 2020 Video Link

C 2. Choose ONE of the three problems from C1 that you believe is a significant health concern in Sentinel City. Discuss community resources (e.g., Sentinel City™ Affordable Housing Project, Better Health Clinic) that are available to address this #1 health concern.

C 3. Identify a primary prevention topic based on the problem/concern selected in C2. This primary prevention topic must come from the approved activities/topics list.  Approved Activities List is located in the Task 1 Directions under Supporting Documents. (This is the same list that you will use to select your primary prevention topic for c229. You do not have any field work requirement to complete for c228). (APA requires at least 2 sentences to complete a paragraph).

You will not necessarily use the same topic in C229, since your home community may have different health needs.

Section D. Review what you learned from the (four) assessment strategies used in Sentinel City. Next, discuss how you can apply this knowledge to assess your own community.

Section E. Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

Note: How do I cite Sentinel City?:

Healthcare Learning Innovations (Sentinel City) [Computer Software]. (2018). Aurora, Co. Retrieved from http://wgu.ucertify.com/

In-text citation:

(Healthcare Learning Innovations, 2018)


KLP Task 1: Community Health Simulation

Needs Assessment Summary

Demographics Assessment

            Sentinel City is made up of four neighborhoods namely Industrial Heights, Nightingale Square, Acer Tech Center, and Caper Park District. The whole city has a population of 663,862 persons with a median household income of 135,104. Industrial Heights has a population of approximately 28,855 with Latinos or Hispanic having the highest percentage of 46.8% followed by African Americans accounting for 13.1%. Persons under the age of 18 years are about 20.8% while those above 65 years are 0.9%. The median household income in this area is $24,672. The percentage of people without insurance in Industrial Heights is 37.5%. Nightingale Square has a population of about 103974 with the primary ethnicity being whites with 81.3% followed by Hispanic or Latino with 3.7%. Persons below 18 years account for 2.9% of the population while those above 65 years account for 13.9% of the population. The median household income of people in this locality is $269,550. The percentage of people without insurance in Nightingale Square is 0.7%.

Acer Tech Square neighborhood has a population of 168,390 with whites being the majority ethnic group with 70.2% followed by Hispanic with 13.7%. The proportion of persons under 18 years is 7.0% while those above 65 years is 19.8%. The median household income of Acer Tech Center is $166,300. The percentage of people without insurance in the neighborhood is 1.5%. The final locality is Casper Par district with a population of 352,643. The primary ethnic group is whites with 63% followed by Hispanic with 24%. Persons under the age of 18 years make up 33.8% of the population while those over 65 years are 6.5% of the population. The median household income of Casper Park District is $80,134.  The percentage of people without insurance in the neighborhood is 22.7%.

Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory

The community safety inventory is a tool used to explore the different possible hazards that are present in a given area. Using this tool was very interesting as it made me consider my surroundings from a different perspective. The air quality of Sentinel City is considerably clean as compared to most industrial cities in the country. The reason for this is the few industries present in Sentinel City. However, there is still some air pollution as the available industries located at Industrial Heights emit fumes into the atmosphere. The industries also contribute to water pollution in the area. Some of these industries release wastes and untreated water into water bodies near them. Run-off from heavy rains is another source of water pollution. Overflow from old septic tanks also pollutes water sources. The only form of radiation that is present in Sentinel City is that from intense sun rays.

The parks within the city have some pools of stagnant water that are suitable breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquito-borne viruses have caused a significant health impact for the people living in Sentinel City. The built environment of Sentinel City also presents a risk to the population. The architecture in the older houses presents a risk of exposure of people to lead or asbestos and mold. The people may also be injured due to the general disrepair state of the buildings. The roads are also a source of potential harm to the population. There are some areas with potholes on the road surface, and this increases the risk of accidents. Poor lighting on the streets also creates a source of potential injury.

High rates of crime also pose a risk to the emotional and physical well-being of the community. The Sentinel City area has many common arrests, violent crimes, and gang-related crime incidents. In the crime arrests group battery, reckless conduct, possession of cannabis, criminal trespassing and public intoxication are examples of crimes committed by perpetrators. Although violent crime rates in the city have been on a decline over the past three years, they are still present with females accounting for a larger proportion of the victims. Cases of violent crimes including homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, and robbery are also prevalent according to data from the city’s police department. The response of the emergency medical service (EMS) in Sentinel City is not at standards that it ought to although it ranks better than most cities in the country. More improvements to this department will help provide the community with better services. 

Windshield Survey

Windshield survey entails a systematic observation that is made from moving care (Hahn & Fox, 2016). In the case of Sentinel City, by riding the bus across the streets of the city, it was…

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