Community Health Essay

5284 Words Nov 26th, 2015 22 Pages
Community Health Paper
C228/VWT Task 1
By: Ericka Barrera
November 20, 2015

A.) Identification of Community

Depending on how you drive around, LA County can look very different in various parts of the community. As California’s largest county, with 10,116,705 people in the county, it is not hard to imagine that there are vast differences in even a localized area (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000-2013). With Hispanics making up almost half the population, the remaining Whites, Asians and African Americans, as well as other cultures, lend to a very diverse community. You can be in a very affluent area and drive only a few short miles and be now surrounded by run-down buildings, homeless people on the streets and poverty-stricken
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Public assistance is regularly used in LA County, with 16.8% of people on food stamps and others on different forms of assistance (Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, 2013). Because of this, health and nutrition are certainly comprised and diseases then contribute to the morbidity and mortality of the community. Being able to afford care that is needed as well as care that aids in diseases prevention, seems to be lacking in a general area.

B2. Disaster Assessment and Planning Guide

Wildland fires, storms and floods, and earthquakes are all potential disasters that Los Angeles can and has had occur. California is known for having earthquakes and the Los Angeles County area has had many of them. In regards to historical earthquake activity, LA County is actually 717% greater than the national average (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000-2013). That being said, the buildings in LA are fairly old with the highest percentage of structures built between 1940-1959 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013). Maintaining the integrity of these buildings can pose a problem with each earthquake. One of the more recent greater quakes was on January 17th, 1994 with a magnitude of 6.8. This resulted in killing 72 people, taking seven freeways out of service, and causing $20

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