This community assessment is a brief summary of important findings of Rogers Park, Illinois. Its basic purpose is to define both potential and actual health needs of the entire community. Readers should focus on the conclusions related to potential and read health issues and make them according to such basic elements as social facilities, physical environment, educational and healthcare facilities, communication, shopping centers, and so on.
The important information for this community assessment is collected by touring this neighborhood, local publications, statistics, etc. The special statistical information used for this paper includes annual family income, age distribution, infant mortality rates, reported diseases, death causes, and others. Besides, readers should get a historical overview of Rogers Park to understand its current trends and concepts.
It’s a small community located about 10 miles away from Chicago, and it was first inhabited by Pottawattomie Indians in the 19th century, but the first white settler was Phillip Rogers, an Irish immigrants, and Rogers Park is named after him. The development of this community started with the glacier created the ridge that provides Ridge Avenue with its name. This ridge is all about a raised shell of land, and Ridge Road was the only way that allowed people to travel through the area of Rogers Park at that time. It also provides routes for trade trips, mail delivery, etc.
The excellent combination of this elevated marshy land and its easy access to different goods encouraged many farmers of different nationalities, including English and Irish, to settle along this Ridge Road. After the death of Phillip Rogers, a bit part of this land was passed to his daughter and she was responsible for developing and establishing the first churches in this area.
Her husband also worked with other settlers to form their company, and Chicago railroad established its presence in this area at that time. It facilitated better access and easier transportation in and out of this small community for local inhabitants. Rogers Park was first incorporated as a village in 1878, and when it was combined with the boundaries of Devon and Rogers Avenues, this location was recognized as Rogers Park. Nowadays, it has many public parks, field hours, and others important facilities that allow residents to live a happy and healthy life.
This community assessment is a brief summary of important findings of Rogers Park, Illinois. Its basic purpose is to define both potential and actual health needs of the entire community.