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.
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.
How will the 2020 Census invite you to respond?
When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. For the first time, the census questionnaire can be completed online, over the phone, or on a paper form. Online and phone assistance will be available in 13 languages.
When can you fill out the census?
Every household will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census the week of March 12, 2020. If a household does not respond after the initial letter, they will receive additional invitations in the mail.
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
Additional Resources to Share with your Patients and Community
- American Indians and Alaska Natives
- Children and Infants
- LGBTQ+ community
- Seniors and Older Populations
- Asian Americans
- Black/African Americans
- Hispanic audiences
- Persons experiencing Homelessness
- Middle Eastern and North African Audiences
- Members of the Military
- Multigenerational Households
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
- Rural Communities
- Migrant Workers
- College Students