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Windshield Survey :

Windshield Survey LSUA - NURS 4020 Cheryl Bordelon

Welcome to Fifth Ward, Louisiana. Population approximately 800 residents.:

Welcome to Fifth Ward, Louisiana. Population approximately 800 residents. Located in Central Louisiana approximately 7 miles west of Marksville in the parish of Avoyelles. The zip code is 71351 and the same as Marksville therefore much data regarding this community is combined with the town of Marksville.

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Bound by the beautiful Red River to the north and Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge to the south, the Fifth Ward is built around Louisiana Highway 1 . Because of its small size, my assessment includes the entire community of Fifth Ward.

Facts of the community::

Facts of the community: White = 96.4% American Indian = 1.4% Hispanic = 1% Black = 0.6% Multiracial = 0.4% Asian = 0.3% Median age = 48.4 years (Louisiana = 36.4 years) Estimated household income in 2015 = $34,248 (Marksville = $25,850) (Louisiana = $45,727) Reference: www.City-data.com

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A small number of new , large homes were recently constructed in various neighborhoods. Homes are constructed on large, spacious lots which are well maintained.

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Multiple mobile or modular homes were visible throughout the community. The vast majority of these homes are located on large, spacious lots that are well maintained. No mobile home parks are located in the community.

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Many houses are older homes and these are scattered throughout every neighborhood. Median home value = $96,643. The community lacks available government subsidized housing as well as multiple family dwellings. Reference: www.City-data.com

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Low income, government subsidized h ousing is available within 10 miles in t he town of Marksville. Multi-family dwellings are available f or rent in the town of Marksville. There are no apartment complexes l ocated in the community. A few houses were noted to have “For Rent” s igns in the yard.

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Very few homes are on the market for sale and two large tracts of land were noted for sale . In 2014, the median h ome sale price was $70,000 w hich correlates with the numerous new mobile homes seen throughout t he community. Reference: www.City-data.com

The main road traveling through the community is La Hwy 1 and it is maintained in good condition. Many of the neighborhood roads are in need of repair. There is no public transportation and the residents travel via their own person vehicle. Only 1 caution light can be found in this community along Hwy 1, which accommodates many travelers every day. Traffic is not congested and most streets maintained adequate signage.:

The main road traveling through the community is La Hwy 1 and it is maintained in good condition. Many of the neighborhood roads are in need of repair. There is no public transportation and the residents travel via their own person vehicle. Only 1 caution light can be found in this community along Hwy 1, which accommodates many travelers every day. Traffic is not congested and most streets maintained adequate signage. La Hwy 1 German Bayou Road

2 walking tracks and a small playground are available to residents of this community. 3 additional walking tracks, a tennis court and playgrounds are available nearby in Marksville.:

2 walking tracks and a small playground are available to residents of this community. 3 additional walking tracks, a tennis court and playgrounds are available nearby in Marksville.

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The community was once home to the Marksville Middle School, serving grades 7-8. The school was closed in 2010 and students are now transported approximately 10 miles to other schools. The building remains abandoned and in need of repair.

Public Schools serving the community:

Public Schools serving the community Marksville High School Lafargue Elementary Serves grades 7-12. School report card = D Serves grades K-6. School report Card = B Reference: www.Louisianabelieves.com

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Additional educational resources available to the community include college credit courses through North- western State University and tutoring services through Sylvan Learning Center. Adult education is available for adult learners desiring to earn a GED. These resources are available within 10 miles of the community in the town of Marksville.

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The community o perates its own w ater system and sewer s ystem for the r esidents .

A volunteer fire department is available for the community. A full time fire department is located in Marksville which remains staffed 24/7.:

A volunteer fire department is available for the community. A full time fire department is located in Marksville which remains staffed 24/7. Fifth Ward Volunteer Fire Department Marksville Fire Department

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Neighborhood watch signs are visible in almost every n eighborhood. The community does not operate its own police department and relies on the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Department for it’s law enforcement needs. The Sheriff’s Department is located in the town of Marksville.

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Various types of farming is the occupation for many residents in the community. Cotton, cattle, soybean, sugarcane and c orn farming was noted.

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Numerous small businesses help support the local economy . These businesses appear to employ only a few workers and many businesses were i dentified as home-based operations (even offering “Eggs for Sale”).

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Paragon Casino Resort and Walmart provide employment to many of the residents of Fifth Ward and Marksville. Many people obtain their health insurance through these employment entities.

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Once employing 200 people, this clothing manufacturing plant remains closed since 2003. Approximately 34% of the population of Marksville commutes outside of the area for employment. Reference: www.city-data.com

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The residents of Fifth Ward have very limited access to food and supplies in the community. Shelf staples, meats and dairy products can be purchased in the area but residents must travel to Marksville to purchase fresh produce. Many homes in the community were noted to have vegetable gardens. Two supermarkets are located in t he town of Marksville where residents c an purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. These supermarkets are Walmart a nd Harvest Foods.

There are no available healthcare services in the community of Fifth Ward and therefore residents must travel to Marksville for their healthcare needs.:

There are no available healthcare services in the community of Fifth Ward and therefore residents must travel to Marksville for their healthcare needs. Limited healthcare services are a vailable in the area. Services lacking include orthopedic, cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, nephrology and fulltime women’s health services.

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Nearby healthcare services available in Marksville: Family Practice (4), Internal Medicine (2), General Surgery (2), Ophthalmology (1), ENT (1), Women’s Health (1). Women’s Health services are offered in the office only and residents must commute t o Alexandria for surgery or deliveries.

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A small community hospital is located in Marksville which offers inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to residents. Ambulance services are available 24 hours a day with u nit located in Marksville.

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Additional services available in nearby Marksville: Dental Medical equipment and supplies Home Health Hospice Physical Therapy Mental Health Counseling

Avoyelles Parish Health Unit :

Avoyelles Parish Health Unit The parish’s health unit is located in Marksville, just a few miles from the community of Fifth Ward. Services offered include: Family planning Immunizations Supplemental Nutritional Program STD screening and treatment Pregnancy testing

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Available pharmacies for prescription medications are located in Marksville .

Nursing Homes located in Marksville:

Nursing Homes located in Marksville Colonial Nursing Home Valley View Nursing Home

Avoyelles Council on Aging and Senior Center:

Avoyelles Council on Aging and Senior Center The following services are provided: Caregiver services Congregate meals Homemaker services Senior Wellness Transportation Services Medication Assistance Program Reference: www.louisianacouncilonaging.com

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Multiple fast-food restaurants are located in nearby Marksville. There are only 2 p laces to purchase fast food in the community of Fifth Ward. One is a convenience s tore and the other is a family operated grill and ice cream shop.

Conclusion :

Conclusion The community of Fifth Ward is a quaint community with apparent pride in its residents. The lifestyle appears to be friendly and relaxed and residents have adjusted to this “country lifestyle” . There are 2 churches located in the community with large parking lots to accommodate large congregations. Many residents were noted to be outside performing outdoor work and chores. Every person encountered during my survey took to time to look up and wave in a friendly gesture (except these chickens!).

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References: Advameg , Inc. 2017. Retrieved from https:// city-data.com/city/Fifth-Ward-Louisiana.html#b Advameg , Inc. 2017. Retrieved from https://city-data.com/city/Marksville-Louisiana.html#b Louisiana Department of Education. Retrieved from www.louisianabelieves.com/data/reportcards/2014 Louisiana Council on Aging. Retrieved from www.louisianacouncilonaging.com

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