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Milestone 2: Caring for Populations
Vulnerable Population Assessment
Guidelines and Grading Rubric
The purpose of this paper is to identify and assess an
aggregate or vulnerable population in your community. You will also describe
one community health problem that impacts this group. This problem must be one
that a community health nurse could positively impact.
This assignment enables the student to meet the
following course outcomes:
2. Assess
the health needs of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities using
demographic and epidemiological data to identify population health risks. (PO
6. Utilize
a systems-based and collaborative approach to address factors that influence
the health of a community and population health problems. (PO 2)
Submit to the appropriate basket in the Dropboxby
11:59 p.m. MT Sunday of Week 4.
POINTS: 225 points
Watch the Milestone 2 tutorial (click this link or
copy and paste it into your
This APA paper is expected to be no more than
fourpages in length (not including the title page and reference list). Below
are the requirements for successful completion of this paper.Please use the
categories described below as the first level headings on your paper (note:
theintroduction does not carry a heading of “introduction,” instead the title
of the paper is repeated and centered at the top of the second page in plain
text). APA formatting helps you to format your paper in a professional manner
and provides consistent methods for citing your sources within the paper and
providing the complete reference on the reference page. See the documents in
the APA category in Course Resources for assistance with APA formatting. There
is an APA template that you can use to type on and this will help with APA
formatting. The Student Success Strategies resource has a great sections on
writing scholarly papers and APA formatting (to find resource watch:
Based on your community assessment, including your
windshield survey and the assessment information from your discussions,
identify one aggregate or vulnerable population in your community that faces a
community health problem.See units five (5) and six (6) in your Nies and McEwen
text for examples of vulnerable populations and aggregates. Your community must
be the area where you live or work.
A. Introduction
(one paragraph):The introduction should be interesting and capture the reader’s
• Provide
a brief description ofyour community including the city name and state and key
• Briefly
introduce one aggregate or vulnerable population that you identified in your
• Discuss
the purpose of your paper. The purpose statement of the papershould relate to
assessing this vulnerable population in your community.
• Note:
the introduction does not carry a heading of “introduction,” instead; the title
of the paper is repeated and centered at the top of the second page in plain

B. Vulnerable
Population Overview (one to two paragraphs):
• Describe
oneaggregate or vulnerable group in your community in greater detail.
• Include
your observations about this group from the windshield survey.
• Discussevents
or trendsthat have affected this vulnerable group such as economic conditions,
trends in health related behaviors or disease rates, etc.

C. Strengths,
Risk Factors, and/or Barriers(two to three paragraphs):
• Discuss
the strengths, risk factors, and/or barriers that impact this vulnerable
population’s health.
• Include
support from at least one scholarly peer-reviewed journal articlein this
discussion. Go to the Chamberlain library at http:/
Search peer reviewed journals to find a scholarly article that discuss the
strengths, risk factors, and/or barriers faced by this vulnerable
group.Summarize what you learned from thisarticle and cite the source in the
text and reference page (Author, year).For this section, you must choose at
least onescholarly article from a peer-reviewed journal. The article must be
less than 10 years old (less than 5 years is best). You may include and cite
your textbook or other scholarly sources as well, but they do not count as the
scholarly journal article.
• Please
do not include more than two short quotations, at the most. You will need to
summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words.

D. Community
Resources (one to two paragraphs): Search your local public health department
website, the internet, the local newspaper and/or telephone book for health
resources available in your community for this vulnerable group.
• Briefly
describe the resources in your community that are available for this group.
• Are
these resources adequate?If so, why? If not, discuss gaps in services that you

E. Community
Health Problem Diagnosis (one to two paragraphs):
• Based
on your assessment and the Healthy People 2020 objectives, identify and discuss
one priority community health problem that a community health nurse could
positively impact. Examples include an increase in teen pregnancies, prevalence
of cancer, high incidence of tobacco use, above average infant mortality etc.
The problem must relate to the aggregate or vulnerable population you
• Go
to the Healthy People topic areas at Find a topic area that
relates to your aggregate or vulnerable population. Click on the topic area and
then click on the green “Objectives” tab. Find and state the Healthy People
2020specific numbered objective (not just a goal) that describes your problem
(ex. for teen pregnancy, the topic area Family Planning is relevant, click the
green objectives tab and you might chooseFP-8.1 “Reduce pregnancies among
adolescent females aged 15 to 17 years” (US Department of Health and Human
Services: Healthy People 2020, 2016, Objectives: Family Planning, para 8).

F. Summary
(one paragraph):
• Summarize
important points from the body of your paper including the aggregate or
vulnerable group you identified and key factors that you discussed above that
affect the health of this group.
• Include
a statement about the priority problem you identified.
• End
with a concluding statement.
G. Reference
Page: The Reference Page should start on a new page (insert a page break).All
references should be cited within the body of the paperas (Author, year)and the
full referenceshould be includedin APA format on the reference page. A URL link
alone is not an adequate reference. See the APA Guidelines in Course Resources
for examples of properly formatted references.
• Application:
Use Microsoft Word 2010™ or later to create this assignment.
• Scholarly
Writing: APA format is required. Review APA documents in the Course
Resourcesand use the free resources of SmartThinking for writing tutors
• Use
the categories above as APA headings for the sections of your paper.
• Length:
This paper is expected to be no more than 4 pages in length (not including the
title page and reference list).
• Quotations
should be minimal – please paraphrase your sources. A maximum of two short
quotations should be used for this paper.
• Submission:
Submit your file via the basket in the Dropbox: Caring for Populations:
Milestone 2 Vulnerable Population Assessment, by 11:59 p.m.MT Sunday of Week 4.

• Save
your paper with your last name in the document title (e.g., “Smith Vulnerable
Population Assessment”).
• Late
Submission: See the course policy on late submissions.
The following are best practices in preparing this
• Use
the assessment information that you collected in your windshield survey and
weekly discussions to identify the aggregate or vulnerable group of interest.
• Choose
onenursing problem specific to your community that this aggregate or vulnerable
group faces.
• Find
one article about this vulnerable group from the Chamberlain library from a
peer reviewed journal.
• Visit
the Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies resource for help with writing
a scholarly paper, APA formatting, and library navigation
• Make
sure all elements of the paper are addressed and headings for each category are
• Review
directions thoroughly.
• Cite
all sources within the paper as well as on the Reference page.
• Proofread
prior to final submission.
• Check
for spelling and grammar errors prior to final submission.
• Use
the “A” column of the rubric below to ensure that you have included all the
needed elements.
• Abide
by the CCN academic integrity policy – use the Turnitin Draft Dropbox to ensure
that your similarity index is less than 24%, if not, revise and resubmit prior
to the deadline.Please review the documents related to Turnitin in Course

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