DFC Project Summary
Project Name- Yuma County Anti-Drug Coalition Yuma is a growing community with an estimated population of 209,756. Yuma County, Arizona is the 5th largest county in Arizona. Yuma is the largest City in Arizona outside the metropolitan areas of Phoenix. During the winter months, Yuma County is also home to 80,000 to 100,000 winter visitors and Tucson. The City’s growth is reflected in more than 21,500 new residents since the last census.
Yuma is a young community with an average age of 31.3 years. The City’s ethnicity is dominated by its Hispanic (55.7%) and White (35.7%) populations. Yuma’s largest age cohort is 20 to 29 years. There are 48,328 male residents living in Yuma and 47,245 female residents.
With one in every five of Yuma’s residents impoverished, or 20.7% below the poverty level, the Department of Health & Human Services confirms Yuma as a high needs area. Poverty rates were higher among minorities. Among Hispanic residents, for example, the poverty rate was estimated at 26.0%. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2015 Social and Economic Factors ranking placed Yuma in the worst third of the counties in the state. Yuma County’s rate of population below the poverty level ranks in the middle of Arizona counties, but in the worst third for the portion below the low- income level, commonly calculated as two times the poverty level.
The shifts in attitudes towards and normalization of use of drugs like marijuana and vaping have contributed to increased substance abuse in our communities. Additionally, there has been a lack of coordinated prevention programs and consistent efforts to provide information to the community. Our proximity to the border and the increase in synthetic drugs being available has increased use as well as a lack of perception of the significant dangers. The Yuma County Anti-Drug Coalition (YCADC) is a multi-disciplinary coalition with members from many different community sectors and we strive to bring substance abuse prevention, education, awareness and treatment resources to community members. The agencies, key stakeholders, and community members collaborating for the YCADC also strive to link those