Less than 30 days remain to complete the 2020 census. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the country.
In 2010, more than 2 million children went uncounted. With half of those under age 5, the consequences of underfunded health and social programs could impact nearly their entire childhood. In fact, census data are used to allocate more than $160 billion a year in federal funds for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Head Start.
Here’s how you can help:
- Have conversations with families during office visits: Have you completed your census?
- Share the Rx to Vote and Fill Out the Census with patients’ families. Print out this “prescription” to share with families in your practice, encouraging them to register to vote and complete the census form. Spanish version here
- Reassure parents that private data is protected and cannot be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies.
- A database on the Count All Kids website helps identify neighborhoods and census tracts where the risk of undercounting young children is highest.
- Encourage families to respond online ( 2020census.gov) or by phone (844-330-2020).
Visit this site to see what percentage of households in Minnesota have been counted by census takers, as well as total response rates from across the country.