Violence is not only a problem on the individual level, but on an organizational level.
NUAVnow uses the conceptual model below to explain how community assets can prevent violence.
The Prevention Institute suggests addressing disparities in violence by focusing on social factors that make communities vulnerable. The framework they developed has guided this model to develop this profile of violence needs and assets.
Learn about social and cultural life of Eastern North Philadelphia
To learn about the health of a community, we often look at information about the individuals who live there. Factors that may seem unrelated can impact the health and safety of a population. These are sometimes called "social determinants of health."
The map to the left describes the population
of Eastern North Philadelphia.
This region is home to the
majority of the city's
Over the past decade, Latinos in Philadelphia have been moving further north, into Northeast Philadelphia, shown by the dark green on this map.
This map shows census tracts of bilingual individuals in the city of Philadelphia.
In Eastern North Philadelphia 19%
of the population is
bilingual, compared to 11% city-wide.
What type of crime affects Eastern North Philadelphia? Look at the maps below to better understand violence in the community in comparison to the entire city of Philadelphia.
The map below shows census
tracks of where
non-violent crimes took place in the city of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is disproportionately affected by non-violent crime compared to the city of Philadelphia
The map below show census tracks of violent crimes in the city of Philadelphia.
Notice that Eastern North Philadelphia is disproportionately affected by violent crime compared to Philadelphia.
Learn about the neighborhood environment in Eastern North Philadelphia
The world around us
Resources like safe and affordable housing, parks, recreation areas, and transportation can all impact the safety and resilience of a community and the amount of violence that takes place there.
The map below represents the city of Philadelphia.
There are large green areas.
The map below represents Eastern North Philadelphia.
There are some parks, but compared to the rest of the city, there are
fewer green areas.
This difference in green space is shown below by a bar graph
Research in Philadelphia has shown that areas with more green spaces
(areas like parks that contain grass and plants) also have fewer assaults, robberies and burglaries.
Vacant lots and buildings are also associated with higher rates of crime. See the graphs below to compare the city of Philadelphia and Eastern North Philadelphia
In Philadelphia, there are approximately 40,000 vacant lots.
The map below is a close up of the vacant lots in Eastern North Philadelphia.
Eastern North Philadelphia has twice as many vacant buildings and three times as many vacant lots per square mile than the rest of the city.
This map shows census tracts for requests of graffiti removal in Philadelphia.
Eastern North Philadelphia has a high rate of 311 calls for the removal of graffiti.
Why is this important?
Requests for removal of graffiti can be used
as a measure of concern for public spaces,
demonstrating that residents of Eastern North
Philadelphia take pride in their community.
Arts and Culture
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice found that neighborhoods with more cultural resources rate better on three measures of social wellbeing: health, personal security, and school effectiveness.
Cultural expression is an asset to violence prevention in Eastern North Philadelphia.
Mural Arts Program
Mural Arts Philadelphia is a public art program that coordinates with communities all across Philadelphia to highlight community voices.
Artists and community organizations come together to form artwork with the intent to uplift community concerns and passions.
Artist Patricia Barrera and the Esperanza Academy Charter School collaborated to capture stories of students to help "foster identity, promote self-awareness, and encourage communal development, present opportunities for positive social and individual growth, nurture artistic growth and exploration, and encourage development of a personal voice."
Art Exhibits and Performances
Learn about education and employment in Eastern North Philadelphia
"Where you start should not determine where you end up."
La Feria del Barrio
Opportunities for employment and educational success vary between different areas of the city. The availability of these resources can affect the health and well-being of a community.
The factors that describe how well schools encourage its students to succeed.
The School District of Philadelphia classifies schools into four groups
Philadelphia measures factors like attendance, retention, the number of suspensions, and survey responses from students and parents about school life. Compare the ratings in the City of Philadelphia to Eastern North Philadelphia below.
To find the school climate rating of a specific middle or high school in Eastern North Philadelphia, click here:
The map below shows the school climate in the
city of Philadelphia.
In Eastern North Philadelphia, more than70% of schools are classified as watch or intervene for school climate, compared to 45% for the city of Philadelphia.
The differences in educational achievements within the city are striking and shown in the graph below.
The darkest areas of this map show census tracts where more than 90% of the adult population had graduated from high school.
The lightest two census tracts
are both located in Eastern
North Philadelphia. These are areas where more than half of adults did not graduate from high school.
Out of School Time programs include afterschool and summer programs that provide academic enrichment, leadership development, life skills, arts, sports/fitness/health, and recreational/social activities to school-aged youth.
They take place in schools (public, charter, private, parochial), churches, community-based centers, and recreational centers.
Out of School Time programs can act as community tools to reduce risks of adolescent violence, "leading to safer communities, happier families and healthier children."
Formal Labor Force Participation rates measure the percentage of individuals over the age of 16 who are employed.
The darkest areas of this map show census tracts where more than 80% of the population is employed.
The lightest areas show census tracts where less than 50% of the population is employed.
The map below shows how Eastern North Philadelphia is affected by poverty.
Nearly 40% of Hispanic Philadelphia residents are living below the poverty line, the largest percentage of any racial or ethnic group.