Describe what is available in the community for each of the systems listed. If a resource, such as a hospital is not available, how far do residents have to go to access it?
D. Community Dynamics
1. Who are the community leaders? If the community is incorporated it will have some official governing group. In all communities there are informal leaders – the ones who influence decisions. You will need to talk with community members to find some of this information.
2-3. Look for communication patterns among the people in the area. Is the community divided along racial or economic lines? Do highways or waterways divide the community and influence communication? Do certain groups of people gather in common areas?
I hope this information will help you as you begin. Please contact your instructor to ask questions about your community assessment process. Remember that each group member is responsible for doing an equal portion of the work. You will receive one group grade, but I reserve the right to make an exception to this if a group member does not participate