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Norwood Park Survey

Community Assessment & Analysis

“Windshield Survey”

Background Information

Nurses must be able to knowledgeably plan services for individuals, families and the community. In order to effectively plan, it is essential that you assess the current health status of the community and its resources.

Assessment may include the following strategies: Mining of health data bases, windshield or walking surveys, and more formal quantitative and qualitative research investigations involving community members and other stakeholders. A “windshield survey” is conducted from a car and provides a visual overview of a community (may also be done as a walking survey). Conditions and trends in the community that could affect the health of the population (social determinants) are noted. Most surveys of this type must be validated and expanded through data mining of available online and other databases of demographic and health-related statistics.

Evidence collected during a formal community assessment forms the basis for planning to improve the health status of the community, which impacts individuals’ health downstream.

Course Outcomes

This activity aligns with several of the course outcomes as stated below:

1. Examine health delivery systems and resources available at the global, national, state, and local levels.

2. Examine effective methods for health promotion and health maintenance for individuals, families, and communities at every stage of development.

3. Analyze the environmental, biological, and psychosocial risk factors for disease and disability.

General Directions

The assessment will involve a walking or windshield survey which is validated and expanded upon through a deeper dive into demographic and health-related databases/websites available here:


Part 1: Assessment

Your clinical group will be assigned a neighborhood to survey. (Norwood Park Survey)

1. Review the Windshield Survey Components handout and PowerPoint (see Brightspace Lecture PPTS).

2. Review Community Tool Box resources for Windshield Survey:


3. Use Google Maps (or other navig

Windshield Survey
Garfield Park

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Housing and Zoning

Open Space




Stores/Service Centers



Health Status of Community

Case Management


Open Space

12 parks including the Garfield Park Conservatory 

Over 179 Empty Lots 

Lack of investment 

Resident Made Gardens 

No sign of new constructions 





Around Garfield Park

Garfield Park is a West Side Chicago community where a Chicago Public Park that comprises 20% of this collective area.

People in the neighborhood typically hang out in the streets and outdoors by the parks

Where to Eat

Generally small family owned restaurants. Not too common to have sit down places in the area.

Comfort food like southern-style chicken, barbecue, and Jamaican-inspired jerk, and typical American classic fast food like cheeseburgers and hot dogs. A very popular place is The Original Maxwell Street.


Garfield Park Conservatory is a massive greenhouse with beautiful plants perfect for nature-lovers looking to escape from the busy city.

The Conservatory is a great place to take a solo walk and clear your mind or bring along the whole family to participate in one of the kid’s exhibits and special events.


The Conservatory has a wide variety of programming for the public:

Educational experiences for all guests

Field Trips for students

The 10 acres of outdoor gardens include the City Garden, Demonstration Garden, Play & Grow Garden, Artist’s Garden and Sensory Garden.

The Urban Roots Teen Docent program works with students from Al Raby High School.

The summer internship is an intensive, experiential training in botany and learn about the Conservatory, from the history to the plants.

This program supports the professional and personal development of participating teens, while also providing links and support for students’ academic work during the school year. 



Police presence was very poor, after spending 40 minutes in the Garfield Park neighborhood a police officer was finally spotted at the park where there was a baseball game taking place. The only police presence was a on duty police off

Case Management

How is the community health presently being monitored? 

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is responsible for maximizing the health and well-being of every Chicago resident. 

CDPH is committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment by reducing environmental hazards that have a negative impact on the health of our City and residents.

Environmental Permitting and Inspection: Committed to ensuring businesses operate in a safe manner that protects our residents who work and live in the city.

Healthy Chicago 2.0: Serves as the start for a new movement dedicated to improving health equity and making Chicago a connected, vibrant and healthy city for all residents.

Healthy Chicago 2025: A plan for all Chicago that addresses structural and institutional inequities and living conditions to improve health and well-being.

Playstreets Chicago: A permit program allows residents to establish short-term traffic restrictions on their streets to use as pop-up recreation spaces.

Vector Control: We monitor and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika.

What stakeholders can you identify?

The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders is a consortium of residents, agencies, churches, elected officials, law enforcement, and businesses who work together to improve the quality of life on the West Side. They are actively engaged in efforts to prevent substance abuse by young people and to end youth violence.   


Medical Centers

These medical centers offer readily available healthcare services are in the community to people with minimal or no insurance provided care or access to care.

Oak Street Health 

Lawndale Christian Health Center 

Access Community Health Network 



Mount Siani Hospital 

Saint Anthony Hospital 

Schwab Rehab Hospital

Norwegian American Hospital



Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. (2020, June). Community data snapshot East Garfield Park, Chicago community area June 2020 release. https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/126764/East+Garfield+Park.pdf

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. (2020, June). Community data snapshot West Garfield Park, Chicago community area June 2020 release. https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/126764/West+Garfield+Park.pdf

Institute for Housing Studies – DePaul University. (2019). East Garfield Park – Housing Market Indicat