Make sure you are Counted on 2020 National Census Day

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — February 4, 2020 — 3 min read
On April 1, every home around the country will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. It is very important for everyone to be “counted.” Important decisions are made based on this data.
 
With a new decade also comes a new national census. Every 10 years the United States government must count all the people who live in the country.
 

When does the 2020 census start?

On Wednesday, April 1, every home will receive an invitation in the mail to take a short questionnaire. One person from each household is required by law to reply by phone, mail, or online. This is the first time that an online option will be available.

The questionnaire is a simple form that contains seven questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. The questions include:
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Race
  • Whether or not there are people of Hispanic origin in the household and, if so, what is their country of origin.
  • Relationship of those living in the household.
It is important to know that the 2020 Census does not include a citizenship question. It also doesn’t include questions about religious beliefs or membership in a religious body.
 

Why is it important for you participate?

A complete and accurate count is very important because the results of the 2020 Census will determine things like:
  • Funding for health clinics
  • Funding for schools and student lunches
  • Funding for fire departments in your area
  • Funding for roads, schools, clinics and hospitals, among other impacts
  • How many seats your state will gain (or lose) in Congress

How can the 2020 Census affect your access to healthcare?

The data from the 2020 Census will have a direct impact on the legislation and distribution of funds for healthcare. For example, the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be reassigned based on how many people live in each state. These representatives help make and decide on health policies.
 
Census data will also help inform about funding for public programs and who will be able to participate. Billions of federal dollars are guided by census data to help fund these and other health-related programs:

Don’t be left out of the conversation!

The 2020 Census is relatively simple, but there are certain groups of people that are harder to count. These groups might be hard to find, contact, and interview for the census. The “undercounted communities” tend to include:  Language barriers can also negatively affect participation. But remember, all 2020 Census materials will be available in English and Spanish. Assistance in 12 other languages is also available through the online platform.
 
The goal in 2020 is to make sure nobody is left out. Several initiatives to raise awareness and connect with hard to count communities have already launched.
 
Remember that your information will be kept strictly confidential. No questions about your social security number, bank account or credit card numbers will be asked. And you won’t be asked for donations.
 
We hope this information will help you be confident and motivated during National Census Day. If you have more questions, the Census Bureau has images and resources to help. You can also read this article for more information.
 
Make sure you’re counted!
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