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Resources for Population Assessments

Public Health Nursing Assessment Tool for NURS 446, 480, 485, 486

A-7: Social Services

Services to your community may be provided by government or non-profit agencies.

Johnson County Emergency Assistance
A list of the county's homeless shelters, food pantries, etc.

Kansas Department of Social Services

Missouri Department of Social Services
Drop down menu with services by county

To find out about other types of community service agencies, try the following:

United Way of Greate Kansas City
The United Way of Kansas City gives a list of their causes: poverty, well-being, career readiness, and literacy.

Community Information Websites
The Johnson County Library's community matters highlights events that are focused on issues and opportunities facing the community.

Services for Seniors:

Johnson County, KS Senior Services
The site includes links to Reports and Data gathered by the program and a Find Help page.  They also link out to other area Agencies.

Wyandotte County, KS Senior Services

Kansas Commission on Aging
Includes information on services for seniors and caregivers as well as demographic information.

Missouri Aging Information Network
Search agencies and services in the state.

A-9: Law Enforcement

Police Protection in your community may be provided by several police departments simultaneously. To find information about these various departments, try the following:

Kansas City, KS Police Department

MIssouri Crime Reporting
Provides detailed crime statistics.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice
Find out about federal law enforcement activity and access state and local data.  Use the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) feature to find information on the structure and operations of state and local law enforcement agencies.

A-10: Fire Department

Information on Fire and Emergency Services may be available on your community's local government Website. Be aware that local department Websites may or may not give information on operations or personnel. You may need to contact the department directly.

Kansas Fire Departments

KCMO Fire Department

A-11: Communication

KCUR Public Radio

KC Star

A-3: Workplace, Industries & Income

Information on Income and Employment is primarily collected by the federal government, though you may find it on state and local government Websites, or in other general sources as well.

To find current information on Employment Distribution in your community, use the U.S. Department of Labor's "Local Area Unemployment Statistics" Web site (

Here you can find State, County and Metropolitan Area data by clicking on the link on the left to "Tables and Maps Created by BLS". Scroll down to select the appropriate table for your needs.

You can also create your own tables from this site by clicking on "Get Detailed LAUS Statistics" at the top of the page. There are links to instructions as well as links to create one screen or multiple screen customized tables.

To find the Leading Industries in your community, go to the U.S. Census Bureau's "County Business Patterns" page at  Choose to " View County, State, U.S., ZIP, or MSA Database on a NAICS Basis".  This will allow you to view major industries in your State, County, Metropolitan Area or Zip Code by their NAICS code (What is a NAICS code?)

To find Family Income information for a State, County, or Community, Use the Census Bureau's "American FactFinder" ( Look for the Income data table and the Poverty data table in your location.