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Help our region get its fair share: Why an accurate Census is key

Mar 9, 2020

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The Census is designed to count every person in the U.S. It’s required by the Constitution to be conducted every 10 years. It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.

Further, millions of dollars of federal and state funding—for things such as health, education, housing and transportation—is allocated based on Census data. These funds are for programs that often affect people with low incomes.

The 2020 Census is expected to show that the roughly 330 million people living in America are an increasingly diverse group.

With so much riding on this data, it’s critical that the Census be as accurate as possible. According to Policy Matters Ohio, more than $2,700 per person in federal funding was received based on Census data in 2018. Kentucky and Indiana received a similar amount of funding per person based on Census data.

Here are some steps that you can take to ensure an accurate count:

  • Take the time to complete your own Census forms in an accurate and thorough manner. Surveys are conducted by mail, online or over the phone. For tips on how to verify that the requests for data are from the Census Bureau, visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp/faqs.html.
  • Support efforts to gather data on all people in our region, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, education or other factors.

Ayude a nuestra región a obtener su parte justa: por qué un censo preciso es clave

El Censo está diseñado para contar a cada persona en los EE. UU. Es requerido por La Constitución que se lleve a cabo cada 10 años. Determina cuántos representantes cada estado obtiene en el Congreso.

Además, millones de dólares de fondos federales y estatales, para cosas como salud, educación, vivienda y transporte: se asigna en función de datos del censo. Estos fondos son para programas que a menudo afectan a personas con bajos ingresos.

Se espera que el Censo 2020 muestre que aproximadamente 330 millones de personas que viven en América es un grupo cada vez más diverso.

Con tanta información sobre estos datos, es fundamental que el censo sea tan preciso como sea posible. Según Policy Matters Ohio, más de $2,700 se recibió por persona con fondos federales con base en los datos del Censo en 2018. Kentucky e Indiana recibieron una cantidad similar de fondos por persona basado en datos del censo.

Estos son algunos pasos que puede seguir para garantizar un recuento preciso:

  • Tómese el tiempo para completar sus propios formularios del Censo de manera precisa y de manera minuciosa Las encuestas se realizan por correo, por Internet o teléfono. Para obtener consejos sobre cómo verificar que las solicitudes de datos provienen de la Oficina del Censo, visite https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp/faqs.html.
  • Apoyar los esfuerzos para recopilar datos sobre todas las personas en nuestra región, independientemente de raza, etnia, ingresos, educación u otros factores.

Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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