As PHNs we work with populations in the community. For this practicum, you will chose a population from your community and health issue that will be and used for your project. If you are having difficulty choosing a population, look at the sections in the book that discusses “Vulnerable Populations”. That may help you decide on a population that interests you. Also, remember, this project is a community-based project. That means it should be a project that works with populations in the community and not one which is clinically orientated. Your project should focus on a primary or secondary level of prevention. Once a person already has a disease (eg. Diabetes, CHF, mental health issues) the level of prevention become tertiary. If you need some additional information on the levels of prevention, see this webpage: That is not to say this level is not important, it’s just not the focus of this class. As the weeks go on, you will be exploring this group, developing interventions for the health concern and evaluating programs. Here is a list of some of the more interesting topics previous students in this class took on: Please address the following in  your discussions:  Briefly describe the community where you live and setting in which you practice. What health problems are prevalent in your practice and/or in your community? For the purpose of the Population-Based Nursing Care Project, choose a population at risk. Describe the health problem and population. Help each other refine and clarify the health problem. T

he chosen population for this Population-Based Nursing Care Project is the elderly population in the community. The health issue that will be addressed is falls among the elderly.

The community where I live and practice is a suburban neighborhood with a sizeable elderly population. The setting in which I practice is a community health center that provides primary care services to individuals of all ages. In this community, there is a significant number of elderly individuals who live alone or with their partners, and they face various health challenges.

One prevalent health problem in my practice and community is falls among the elderly. Falls are a common issue among the elderly population and can have serious consequences, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and decreased mobility and independence. Falls also often lead to increased healthcare utilization and healthcare costs.

The population at risk for falls in this community is the elderly population, particularly those aged 65 and above. Within this population, certain factors may increase the risk of falls, such as reduced strength and balance, vision impairments, medication side effects, chronic health conditions, and environmental hazards in their homes. The goal of this project is to develop interventions and strategies to reduce falls among the elderly population and improve their overall well-being.

Refining and clarifying the health problem of falls among the elderly requires a comprehensive understanding of the factors contributing to falls and their consequences. It is essential to analyze data on falls prevalence rates among the elderly in the community, as well as identify any patterns or trends. Additionally, exploring the individual and environmental factors that contribute to falls, such as physical and cognitive impairments, medication use, and home safety hazards, will help provide a more in-depth understanding of the problem.

In addition to understanding the health problem, it is crucial to consider the specific needs and characteristics of the population at risk. Elderly individuals may have unique challenges and vulnerabilities that impact their risk of falls, such as age-related changes in mobility, sensory perception, and cognition. By taking these factors into account, interventions can be tailored to address the specific needs of this population and enhance their safety and well-being.

To further refine and clarify the health problem, engagement with stakeholders, including elderly individuals, their families, healthcare providers, and community organizations, can provide invaluable insights. By seeking their perspectives and experiences, a more holistic understanding of the health problem can be gained, aiding in the development of effective interventions.

In conclusion, the chosen population for this project is the elderly population in the community, and the health issue that will be addressed is falls among the elderly. Falls among the elderly are a prevalent health problem in the community, and the elderly population is particularly at risk. This project aims to develop interventions and strategies to reduce falls among the elderly population and improve their overall well-being. By refining and clarifying the health problem through a comprehensive understanding of contributing factors and stakeholder engagement, more targeted and effective interventions can be developed to address falls among the elderly.