This guide will help you find resources about communities in the St. Louis area. Use the tabs above to navigate your way through this guide. If you get stuck, my contact information is to the right, or you call 314-529-9595 for assistance.
About Community Assessment
A community assessment is basically a description of a community and its people. It is used to determine what services might be needed in a community and how those services might best be provided. Community assessments are conducted by health care professionals, government entities, social service providers, educational institutions, businesses, and anyone interested in providing a service to the community.
A good article about community assessment is "A Critical Skill for the Future: Community Assessment," by Susan S. Gerberich, Susan J. Stearns and Therese Dowd (Journal of Community Health Nursing, Vol. 12, No. 4 , pp. 239-250). The appendix has suggested sources for finding different types of community information.
The following resources are useful in the assessment of a community
- Personal Interviews of Residents
- Windshield Surveys (personal observation of a community from a drive- (or walk- ) by
- Census Data
- Chambers of Commerce
- Departments of Health
- Secondary Sources
- Periodical articles
- Web Sites (Note: the Web can contain observational, official, and secondary sources.)