Community Characteristics and Health
Understanding the characteristics of a community is essential for all kinds of public health practices such as program planning and epidemiologic studies. Community characteristics are particularly important in public health emergency preparedness.
- most likely hazards
- most vulnerable populations
- available resources, and
- ability to respond.
Knowledge of the local infrastructure, vulnerabilities, and resources enables public health professionals to quickly establish priorities and take proper actions during the emergency or disaster response.Top of Page