Urban Health Profile

Urban Health Profile
The Urban Health Profile (1500 words) is a written report due in Week in 17 (Thursday 11th February 2016) and carries 35% of the module’s total marks. This will be submitted online in the form of a written profile (report) of 1500 words.
The Urban Health Profile requires you to focus on two aspects: the practical (observation and data collection) and the theoretical (informed by the wider literature) work on the urban health issue chosen for this Assessment. You have to choose a relevant urban health issue, choose a local area (neighbourhood) to carry-out the study, and physically observe and collect data from the area for the Profile. You also have to look for scholarly literature published in relation to this urban health issue (this can be from the area and beyond). This literature will inform your analysis and theoretical discussion of the urban health issue and the area studied.

To prepare this Assessment Component 1, you have to take note of the following:
a. Choose a relevant urban health issue for your Urban Health Profile. This could be the same or different to what you will look at for your Assessment Component 2 (extended urban health report). Provide a clear rationale why this is an urban health issue and why you have chosen to study the issue in the selected area. You have to provide clear and full description of the local area (neighbourhood) you have chosen to study.
b. Present and give an account of the data and information you observed and collected from the local area (or neighbourhood) in relation to the urban health issue you are studying. This could include various aspects in relation to the area and the urban health issue such as size of the area, population, observation on related determinants (factors) that influence the urban health issue, physical facilities or amenities that are relevant to this issue as resources (e.g. parks; gyms; food outlets – corner shops, supermarkets, fresh food markets, restaurants, fast food outlets, community centres, housing and accommodation) and health and social service points relevant to this issue. This part requires you to do a community inventory in relation to the urban health issue you have chosen. You can do this with the help of Google mapping.
c. Provide an analysis and interpretation of data and information presented in this Profile, commenting on the implications of such data on the urban health issue and population health in the area. In this part, you should be scholarly enough by linking your analysis and interpretation of your local data with the wider literature on this urban health issue. Therefore, you should be able to suggest relevant recommendations and draw conclusions from your analysis and interpretation of the Profile data that are informed by the wider literature on this urban health issue.
d. The written Urban Health Profile should include: a title – reflecting the urban health issue and local area (neighbourhood) studied; an introduction – signposting the work and providing a description of the urban health issue, the area studied, a clear rationale for choosing to study this issue and the chosen area, including any key issue/s observed or known about the area; presentation and description of data and information collection about the urban health issue and the area; discussion, analysis and interpretation of data and information about the urban health issue and the area chosen (with strong scholarly reference to the widely published literature on this urban health issue); suggested relevant recommendations and conclusion

Urban Health Profile Marking Criteria
The Urban Health Profile will be assessed against LO1, 2 and 6 and the marking will focus on:
a. Ability to choose a relevant urban health issue and clear rationale (20%)
b. Seeking, collecting and presenting relevant data / information, and creating useful tools to present the Urban Health Profile (40%)
c. Analysis and interpretation of data / information, commenting on implications of such data and drawing relevant conclusions (40%)

Useful Readings

Cave B, Cooke A and Benson K (2004) Urban Renaissance Lewisham – health and social impact assessment. London: NHS Lewisham PCT. Availabel Online at: www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=44245
National Assoiciation of County and City Health Officials (2007) The Big Cities Health Inventory – The Health of Urban USA. Washington DC: NACCHO. Available Online at: http://csde.washington.edu/news/notices/BigCityHealthDataNov2007.pdf
Robertson MJ and Cousineau MR ( ) Health Status and Acess to Health Services among the Urban Homeless. In AJPH May 1986, Vol 76, No 5. Available Online at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.76.5.561