Needs Assessment Assignment

1. Who is your target population? (For example, you could write “I would like this intervention to focus on families with children ages 2-5”) (1-2 sentences)

2. In what geographic area is your target audience contained? (A state, county, city, or neighborhood?) (1-4 sentences)

3. In general, what health topic or concern you would like your intervention to address? (1-2 sentences)

4. Describe some of the basic demographics you know about this community.
(Rural, urban, high percentage of middle-income or low-income, growing population of Hispanics, aging population, employment, poverty, etc.) (1 paragraph). Please use at least one reliable data source, (examples include the US Census Bureau and NYCDOH Community Health Profiles) and use APA style to cite your work.

5. In general, who do you think are the opinion leaders, or stakeholders, in your community? (3-4 sentences) (Stakeholders could be individuals, organizations, community groups, key decision-makers or power structures. Remember, sometimes the people who are “officially” the decision makers are not really in charge.)

Identify ONE specific individual you would want to contact to get information about the community and provide their contact information (name, address, phone number and email/website address.) Explain why you would specifically contact this person. (1 paragraph + contact information)

6. From a socio-ecological perspective, write about how this health issues impacts your specified population at each level of the socio ecological model level.

(Please write one paraggph for each level (individual, interpersonal, community and policy) about the factors on that level which impact your specific wpulation), Please use at least two reliable sources and cite your work.
These resources may be from reputable websites such as .org, .edu, .gov or net, books, newspapers, such as the New York Times, or peer reviewed publications. Use APA style format to reference your work. (4 paragraphs)

7. Explain your personal reasons for having chosen this health topic, population, and setting. (1-2 paragraphs)

8. Obviously any research you do will have limitations, you can never find everything out about a community. What do you think the limitations are of your research? (For example, how representative of the community are the people that you think might be stakeholders? What cultural factors might be at play that they are not telling an outsider? Are there historical factors influencing the
community regarding this health issue?) (2 paragraphs)

Assignment 1 : Introduction to Public Health

Title of Assignment: Needs Assessment

Goals of Assignment

In this assignment, students will enhance their public health skills and knowledge by conducting a needs assessment for a specific community. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health, some of the limitations of research and how to use citations.


After completing this assignment students will be able to:

1. Identify a health concern within a target population

2. Describe how to find basic demographic information about a community.

3. Cite examples of community stakeholders

4. Apply the socioecological model of health

5. Discuss limitations of their research

6. Use correct APA style citation


Congratulations! Since you have shown great promise as a public health student, the Health and Wellness Foundation has asked that you begin the process of creating a health education / health promotion / disease and injury prevention program. One of
the first steps is to prepare a needs assessment, the steps for which are outlined below.


Your program can be set either locally in NY, elsewhere in the US, or in another country. On page 2 are the steps you need to follow in order to prepare your needs assessment. Please read all the instructions and prepare thoughtful, concise, well-written responses to all questions. The final assignment is worth 20% of your grade.


Copy and paste the questions on page 2 into your own document, save it and type your responses under each question. Please use 1-inch margins, 12-point font, and double-space your responses. Follow, the guidelines below for response length and review the rubric at the end of this document so you are aware of how I will be grading your final needs assessment. Your responses in total should be no less than 1000 words.

You must use APA style format to reference your work. (In total, you must use three references.) In particular, you should cite your references within the needs assessment and you should include a reference page at the end of your needs assessment. Please
w; you may not use quotes. All writing should be in your own words.

Last Updated on March 16, 2020