Shape Your Future. Fill Out the 2020 Census.
BY HILDA RIVERA
While we are staying at home to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it has never been easier to respond to the U.S. census, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.
What is the census?
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states. In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau sent every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who was living at your address on April 1, 2020. You have the opportunity to respond online, by phone or by mail. Federal law keeps those responses safe and secure.
How do responses to the 2020 census impact health care?
Responses to the 2020 census inform how over $675 billion is distributed to communities nationwide each year, meaning more hospitals and clinics in places that need them most.
What can you do to help LVHN communities stay healthy?
Complete the census by Oct. 31. The census can be completed online (with or without the 12-digit census ID mailed to you), by phone or by mail. After June 1, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded.
Responding is safe. Your personal information is kept confidential by law. Your responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.
Shape your future. Start here.
To respond to the census, visit my2020Census.gov.
About the Author
Hilda T. Rivera, MPH, CHES is the Government Affairs Analyst at Lehigh Valley Health Network.