Census Announces Changes due to COVID-19
Read more about the Census’ new timeline and change in operations.
Census data guide the distribution of more than $115 billion in federal funds to California each year. Redwood Community Health Coalition health centers serve over 230,500 patients each year, which amounts to millions of dollars in needed funding over the next 10 years.
CENSUS 2020: MY HEALTH COUNTS
Our state partner, California Health+ Advocates and the California Primary Care Association, created this site that includes many useful Census resources, including a health toolkit in English and Spanish. Check out the Census 2020: My Health Counts website today.
Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online (English)
What is the census?
The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years. The count must include people of all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and all persons regardless of immigration status. Every household should complete a census form because participating in the census is your right and responsibility.
When can you fill out the census?
The census sent invitations in the mail to all households in March. For the first time, the census questionnaire can be completed online, over the phone, or on a paper form. If a household does not respond after the initial letter, they will receive additional invitations in the mail. Online and phone assistance is available in 13 languages.
If you or your patients need help filling out the census, they can use these toll-free numbers to call for Census Questionnaire Assistance in various languages.
Is my information safe?
Your responses are safe and secure. Under federal law, all information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau cannot be shared or used against you in any way. Your responses will remain completely confidential.
How can my health center get involved?
- Get involved with Census activities in your county or region
- Host a staff training to ensure your staff is prepared to answer Census questions
- Post flyers and information in your health centers (for example, in waiting areas, restrooms, and exam rooms)
- Hand out a postcard when patients check-out
- Share information on your social channels
Where can I find more information?
Health Center Resources
Print off these flyers and posters to share with your patients.
Fact Sheet: How the Census Invites You to Respond
Half-Sheet: Ways to Respond to the Census
Poster: Help your Community Stay Healthy
Poster: Help Shape America’s 10-year Check-Up
Poster: When we all Respond, we all Benefit
Video to share on monitors and TV: Videos Guides to Completing the 2020 Census Online
RCHC Census Training Webinar
Click here to view a recording of the webinar
Click here to view the slide deck
This training was led by Darlene Rios Drapkin, a Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau.