Are people visible in the community? What are they doing?
Who are the people living in the neighborhood? What is their age range? What is the predominant age (e.g., elderly, preschoolers, young mothers, or school-aged children)?
What ethnicity or race is most common?
What is the general appearance of those you observed? Do they appear healthy? Do you notice any people with obvious disabilities, such as those using walkers or wheelchairs, or those with mental or emotional disabilities? Where do they live?
Do you notice residents who are well nourished or malnourished, thin or obese, vigorous or frail, unkempt or scantily dressed, or well dressed and clean?
Do you notice tourists or visitors to the community?
Do you observe any people who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
Do you see any pregnant women? Do you see women with strollers and young children?
Indicators of social and economic conditions:
What is the general condition of the homes you observe? Are these single-family homes or multifamily structures? Is there any evidence of dilapidated housing or of areas undergoing urban renewal? Is there public housing? What is its condition?
What forms of transportation do people seem to be using? Is there public transit? Are there adequate bus stops with benches and shade? Is transportation to health care resources available?
Are there any indicators of the kinds of work available to residents? Are there job opportunities nearby, such as factories, small businesses, or military installations? Are there unemployed people visible, such as homeless people?
Do you see men congregating in groups on the street? What do they look like, and what are they doing?
Is this a rural area? Are there farms or agricultural businesses?
Do you note any seasonal workers, such as migrant or day laborers?
Do you see any women hanging out along the streets? What are they doing?
Do you observe any children or adolescents out of school during the daytime?
Do you observe any interest in political campaigns or issues, such as campaign signs?
Do you see any evidence of health education on billboards, advertisements, signs, radio stations, or television stations? Do these methods seem appropriate for the people you observed?
What kinds of schools and day care centers are available?
Do you notice any hospitals? What kind are they? Where are they located?
Are there any clinics? Whom do they serve? Are there any family planning services?
Are there doctors’ and dentists’ offices? Are they specialists or generalists?
Do you notice any nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, alcohol or drug treatment centers, homeless or abused shelters, wellness clinics, health department facilities, urgent care centers, mobile health vehicles, blood donation centers, or pharmacies?
Are these resources appropriate and sufficient to address the kinds of problems that exist in this community?