C228-Community Health Nursing-Task 1
Western Governors University
Identification of Community
Along the northern-end of Utah’s Wasatch Front is a scenic region of land known as Weber County. This county ranges from the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains into a portion of the Great Salt Lake of the lower valley. The Weber and Ogden rivers and their tributaries run through its valleys (Weber County, 2015). Weber County is the second smallest county in land mass and has the fourth largest population in the state. County population in 2012 was 236,000 (94% urban, 6% rural), comprised of the communities of Ogden, Farr West, Harrisville, Hooper, Huntsville, Marriot-Slaterville, North Ogden, ...view middle of the document...
d.p.). The median age in Weber County is 30 years of age with 29% of the population under 18 years of age, 59% of the population is ages 19-64, and 10.9% 65 years of age or older and a ratio of 57.4% females to 42.6% males (Weber County, Utah, 2013). Poverty level for Weber County 12.5% (Weber County, Utah, 2015) with Ogden City at 23.4% (Ogden City, Utah, 2015). According to the Weber-Morgan Health Department the top five causes of Mortality in this county are heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents and chronic respiratory disease. Due to Weber counties documented higher than Utah states rates of obesity, drinking and smoking, which are leading contributors of heart disease, cancer and stroke deaths, Weber County’s life expectancy reflects the national average versus Utah’s rate (Weber-Morgan Health Annual report, 2010). The Weber-Morgan Health Department annotates that suicide is the leading cause of preventable diseases in Utah and Weber County with 180.7 per 1,000,000 which is higher than even the state average (Weber County, Utah, 2015). There are many concerns in Weber County, but the health concerns which are unfavorably affecting the quality of life in Weber County are obesity, adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and air quality. In 2009, 64.65% of adults in Weber and Morgan counties were considered overweight or obese (Weber-Morgan Health Department, 2014). The teen pregnancy rate in downtown Ogden has consistently ranked among the highest in the nation which brings Weber County’s rates up far above Utah’s average (Weber-Morgan Annual Report, 2010).
Summary of Tools
Population Economic Status Assessment
The Population Economic Status Assessment of the county was utilized to obtain the population estimates, cultural diversity, income levels, poverty and unemployment rates. Weber County’s population rate in 2013 was estimated to be 238,519 (United States Census, 2015). The United States Census Quick Facts depicts Weber County’s population as roughly 77.4% white, 17.4% Latino or Hispanic, 1.6% Black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 1.2% American Indian or Alaska Native and 0.3% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (United States Census, 2015). The Births per 1000 population in Weber County average 19.3% with a Death rate per 1000 residents of 6.8% with 5.8% infant deaths per 1000 live births (Weber County, Utah, 2013). The County poverty level in 2009 was 12.5% of that 9.7% White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents. Ogden City’s poverty level 23.4% (Ogden City, Utah, 2015). This is above the state poverty level of 11.5% (Weber County, Utah, 2013). 2009 statistics for Weber County cite 11, 715 current college students, 85.0% of residents 25 years of age and older with high school degree or higher, 19.9% with a bachelor’s degree or higher and 7.0% having a graduate degree (Weber County, Utah, 2013). Unemployment rates continue to decline as new industry and jobs continue to come...