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FCPHD 2020 Census Partner

FCPHD 2020 Census Partner

Ford County Public Health Department Is a 2020 Census Partner

The Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is excited to announce it is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a 2020 Census partner, the FCPHD will be working to make sure Ford County is accurately represented in the upcoming census count. The FCPHD is also committed to answering any questions or concerns people have about completing the 2020 census and can assist individuals with completing the survey.

Understanding the Census

The Census is a survey taken every ten years with the goal of counting every person living in the United States and its territories. The census is more than just a head count. Through the survey, the census bureau can collect important data that affects representation in government and determines how much federal funding each community receives. These funds shape local health care, housing, schools, transportation, employment and public policy. Many organizations and programs depend upon the federal government for sustainability to serve their communities. For example, in Illinois, approximately $1,400 per person per year is lost for every individual who goes uncounted.

Important Dates

Between March 12 and March 20, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you should report all individuals living in your home on April 1, 2020. Ford County residents can also receive assistance with completing the survey by contacting FCPHD’s Census Project Coordinator, Stan Daro. Contact the FCPHD at (217) 379-9281 or by email at [email protected] with all Census 2020 questions, or to schedule an appointment for assistance.

As the 2020 Census approaches, the FCPHD will continue to share information about how residents can make sure Ford County is fully represented. Completing the census is mandatory, but it is also a way to participate in our democracy and say, “I count!” Visit anytime for m

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