7019.1.1 : Epidemiology

The graduate applies principles of epidemiology to the assessment of the healthcare needs of communities.

7019.1.5 : Environmental Health

The graduate assesses the impact of the environment on the health of the community.

7019.1.8 : Cultural Competency

 The graduate analyzes social and cultural factors that affect the care of diverse populations.


More emphasis is being placed on healthier communities as changes are occurring in the fields of healthcare financing, policy, and focus. One of the primary roles of a community health nurse is to assess the community or population in order to determine its health status in relation to its assets and needs.

In this task, you will engage in a Community Health simulation for a total of 20 hours to gather information about a virtual community. Sentinel City™ Community Health Simulation is a virtual city developed by Healthcare Learning Innovations to represent what you may find in any real United States city. You will be able to take a virtual bus trip and/or walk around the city while observing the environment and people of Sentinel City™. Through your observations, you will gather information to assess potential health issues and risks within this online virtual learning environment.

You will assess different factors that may contribute to or detract from the health and wellness of the community and its citizens. During your trips through the city, you may be asked to describe the people you see and any expected or unexpected findings related to the citizens of Sentinel City™. Your keen observations will be the foundation to successfully completing assignments within your course. The simulation website will automatically log your hours and produce a special report at the end of each session. Be sure to have a notepad to record your observations of Sentinel City™ in preparation for this task.

The link to Sentinel City™ is located in the Community Care and Collaboration section of the Course of Study. Please review the Sentinel City Quick Start Guide, Student Guide, and Troubleshooting and FAQs Guide prior to engaging in the Sentinel City™.

You may also want to download the Demographic Assessment, Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory, Windshield Survey and Population Health Scavenger Hunt tools located in the attachment section to complete section B of this task.


Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

A.  Within Sentinel City™ you will notice a camera icon. Use the camera to take pictures within the simulation. Use the “enter text” feature to add your observations to the pictures. Submit a PDF of your action report from Sentinel City™ that includes the following completed activities from Industrial Heights, Casper Park District, Acer Tech Center, and Nightingale Square:

•  Interfaith Church

•  Sentinel City School District

•  Sentinel City Department of Transportation

•  Better Health Clinic

•  ABC Daycare

•  Sentinel City Affordable Housing Project

•  City Hall

•  Radio Buzz 96.5FM

•  Sentinel City Healthcare System

•  Lilly’s

•  Joe’s Grocery

•  Sentinel City Department of Parks and Recreation

B.  Complete a needs-assessment summary to determine the health needs and risks of the virtual community in Sentinel City™ by using each of the following tools:

Note: These tools can be found either in the web links section or as an attachment to this task.

•  Demographics Assessment

•  Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory

•  Windshield Survey

•  Population Health Scavenger Hunt

Note: The name of each of the four tools should be identified in the needs-assessment summary, along with a brief summary of how each of the four tools were used in the needs assessment.

1. Analyze the collected data using concepts of epidemiology and health determinants.

Note: Refer to these three sections of your COS for additional information: Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Epidemiological Data, and Application of Epidemiology.

C.  Formulate a community diagnosis for Sentinel City™ by doing the following:

1. Discuss the three problems for Sentinel City™ based on the Healthy People goals.

2. Discuss community resources (e.g., Sentinel City™ Affordable Housing Project, Better Health Clinic) that are available to address one of the problems identified in part C1.

3. Identify a primary prevention topic based on the problem you selected in part C2.

Note: See the attached “Primary Prevention Topics List” for guidance in formulating your topic.

D.  Discuss how you will apply the assessment strategies you have learned from the simulation environment to your community assessment strategies in your community.

E.  Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

F.  Demonstrate Professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.


KLP Task 1: Community Health Simulation

Western Governors University


Needs Assessment Summary

Demographics Assessment

            Demographic assessment tool usually plays a fundamental role when it comes to studying a population on the basis of various factors, including, age, sex, race, and income among others (Dickson, McVittie, & Kapilashrami, 2018).  Therefore, by applying this tool in the case of Sentinel City, various metrics were derived. To start with, Sentinel City has a population of approximately 663,862 people.  Of this population, while those under 5 years are 7.4 percent, those under 18 years, and those with 65 years and above are represented by 21.7% and 10.5% respectively. Most people in Sentinel City are whites at 80.6%, while African Americans are at 10.4%. Other racial groups include American Indian and Alaska Native (2.0%), Asian (3.7%),  and native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (0.2%). In regards to the median household income of Sentinel City, it currently stands at $49,091.

            Navigating through the streets of Sentinel City, it is evident that there are four main neighborhoods within the city. These are Nightingale square, Acer Tech Center, Casper Park District, and Industrial heights. Nightingale Square has a population of 103974.  Primary ethnicity in this region is white (81.3%), while secondary ethnicity is Hispanic (3.7%). The median household income in Nightingale Square is  $269,550. In Acer Tech Center, the population currently stands at 168,390. Primary ethnicity in this area is white (70.2%), while secondary ethnicity is Hispanic (13.7%). The median household income in Acer Tech Center stands at $166,300. In Casper Park District, the current population stands at 352643. Of  this population, while the whites are represented by 63%, the Hispanics are represented by 24%. The median household income in Casper Park District is $80,134. Lastly, when it comes to Industrial heights, the region has a population of 38,855. The primary ethnicity in this region is Hispanic at 46.8%, while the secondary ethnicity is African American at 13.3%. The median household income into Industrial heights  stands at $24,672

Neighborhood/Community Safety Inventory

            In the context of Sentinel City, neighborhood/community safety inventory tool was used in assessing the physical as well as psychosocial safety hazards in the neighborhood. The tool assesses an array of elements of the physical environment………..Click the purchase icon above to purchase full solution at $15