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All-in for Azusa

 

Community at a Glance

Home to just under 50,000 residents, Azusa has significant proportions of residents at-risk of poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy as a result of poverty, low-educational attainment and other challenges.1 Information available on city-data.com shows that the rates rape and assault – 32 per 100,000 and 173 per 100,000 – make the city more dangerous than many of its neighboring San Gabriel Valley communities including Glendora, Duarte, West Covina, and Monrovia. Los Angeles Department of Public Health data shows 6.5 homicides per 100,000 in Azusa – a rate that is higher than the county as a whole. Gang violence has surged in Azusa since the beginning of 2019, galvanizing community and government support for violence prevention efforts. The homeless population has more than doubled in the last year, and senior and youth populations are becoming more and more vulnerable. Poverty is a root cause of violence in the community that is exacerbated by high rates of mental health and substance use disorder along with a lack of positive leadership skill development and opportunity. Evidence2 points to several community risk factors that increase multiple forms of violence including:

  • Lack of resident support and trust
  • Social isolation
  • High unemployment
  • Experiencing violence

 

All-In For Azusa

 

Community at a glance 1Community at a Glance 2

Home to just under 50,000 residents, Azusa has significant proportions of residents at-risk of poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy as a result of poverty, low-educational attainment and other challenges.1 Information available on city-data.com shows that the rates rape and assault – 32 per 100,000 and 173 per 100,000 – make the city more dangerous than many of its neighboring San Gabriel Valley communities including Glendora, Duarte, West Covina, and Monrovia. Los Angeles Department of Public Health data shows 6.5 homicides per 100,000 in Azusa – a rate that is higher than the county as a whole. Gang violence has surged in Azusa since the beginning of 2019, galvanizing community and government support for violence prevention efforts. The homeless population has more than doubled in the last year, and senior and youth populations are becoming more and more vulnerable. Poverty is a root cause of violence in the community that is exacerbated by high rates of mental health and substance use disorder along with a lack of positive leadership skill development and opportunity. Evidence2 points to several community risk factors that increase multiple forms of violence including:

  • Lack of resident support and trust
  • Social isolation
  • High unemployment
  • Experiencing violence

1Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. City and Community Health Profiles: Azusa. June 2018.
2 Wilkins, N., Tsao, B., Hertz, M., Davis, R., Klevens, J. (2014). Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute.