I have to be honest, I have discarded many thoughts and information in order to manage some peace of mind. We have so many responsibilities as parents, that it feels like we can’t take in anything else! Turn off the TV, close the newspaper, close my eyes and plug my ears…What I don’t know won’t hurt me, right?? Well, in actuality it will. Whether you face it or not, it is still playing out in the background. The bill is still due even if you don’t open the envelope. There was still an assault even if you don’t turn on the news. The election will still happen even if you don’t inform yourself and get out to vote.
Today I wanted to talk about the Census. I really never fully understood the importance of the Census. That large packet would come in the mail requesting all of my personal information, but because I didn’t know how important it was it would just sit on the countertop. “I will do it if I have time,” I would say. Well, I don’t want you to make the same mistake, so let’s talk.
What is the Census?
- The Census is a count of people (citizens and noncitizens) in the US that is taken every 10 years.
- The answers provided on your census inventory will influence policymaking and planning.
How is the information used?
- The count is used to reapportion 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Do you want to have more representation for the issues that are important to you?
- Redistricting: State and local officials use the results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries so that each area includes roughly the same number of people.
- Funds Distribution: The information helps to determine the amount of funding that state governments and local communities receive from the federal government for the next decade. These funds help to support programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, special education, improvement projects, etc.
- Planning and Decision making: The information provides insight into what the needs are within your area. Do new schools need to be built? What type of business would help your community thrive?
- Emergency Response: Population information is vital in wake of a disaster. First Responders and Disaster Relief Personnel need to be aware of how much relief and support would be needed. Demographic details also assist public health arenas in tracking disease outbreaks, combating the opioid epidemic, and aids in children’s health.
- Federal Surveys: The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program uses census data in combination with migration, birth, and death data to produce annual population and housing unit estimates.
I’m a very passionate person that wants to do what I can to make a difference in the the lives of others. Not knowing can hurt us, so let’s take the steps to be informed and do what we can. Two additional great things about the Census is that you can complete it online or someone can come to your house and ask you all of the questions. Let’s put 20 minutes aside to REPRESENT! 🙂