An Epidemiological Approach to Community Assessment

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  • Lorna Finnegan R.N., C, M.S.,

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    1. Lorna Finnegan is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Instructor at St. Xavier College, School of Nursing. Naomi Ervin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Nursing. University of Illinois at Chicago.
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  • Naomi E. Ervin R.N., Ph.D.

    1. Lorna Finnegan is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Instructor at St. Xavier College, School of Nursing. Naomi Ervin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Nursing. University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Address correspondence to Lorna Finnegan, St. Xavier College, School of Nursing, 3700 West 103rd St., Chicago, IL 60655.

Abstract

An epidemiological approach to community assessment is useful for students and practicing nurses. Shamansky and Pesznecker's definition of community is applied to the community assessment process in order to provide an organized framework for data collection, data analysis, and community diagnosis. We applied the framework to an actual community in a case study format.

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