A View Of Community 's Population, The Environment, And The Health Status Of The City

889 Words Oct 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Huntington is a quaint city in southwestern, West Virginia along the Ohio River. Although several community leaders and organizations have implement programs to improve the health of the community, there are still several public health concerns in our community. The purpose of this paper is to document a windshield view of the community’s population, the environment, and the health status of the city’s population. After completing the assessment of the community, I will discuss the city’s leading health issues, as well as complete a nursing diagnosis, based on the outcomes of this assessment.
Description of the Community The city of Huntington sits at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Ohio River in Cabell County, with a small portion of the city, extending into Wayne County, West Virginia. The area originally named Holderby’s Landing became Huntington West Virginia in 1871 (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014). Collis P. Huntington, a railroad baron, and founder of the city, proposed building a Chesapeake and Ohio railroad terminal in the area in 1869 (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014). The city is 16.22 square miles at an elevation of 570 feet above sea level (US Census Bureau, 2015). Until the Army Corp of Engineers built a floodwall to protect the city, Huntington suffered devastating floods due to the city’s proximity to the Ohio River.
Community Assessment The city continued to grow and prosper after the completion of the railroad…

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