What is the Census?

The Census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It is written in the US Constitution and it occurs every 10 years. On March 12, 2020, every household in the US will receive an invitation to fill out the Census and count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1, 2020, including children and all adults regardless of citizenship status. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to keep your hospitals open, advocate for your patients and shape your future.

What does it mean for me and my patients?

Census data also helps determine the allocation of over $675 billion dollars in federal funding for public programs each year. Examples of the largest programs impacted by this data include: Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Reproductive Health Programs, Schools and more!

Is it safe/private?

Census data is protected by Federal law. Your answers to the questionnaire are safe and cannot be used for anything other than the Census. You will not be asked to provide a social security number or citizenship status.


Census data determines the funding of clinics and where they are located based on need. If communities are undercounted, clinics may close or may not be built in areas with high need. For more information on the census, click here.

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Decisions made now by Congress to oversee census preparations and allocate a sufficient ramp up in healthcare funding in the final years of the decade to ensure that the 2020 Census counts all communities equally well.


Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.


Certain populations, such as communities of color and people living in poverty, are more likely to be missed by the census, which can adversely impact the allocation of resources to people and places that need them.

Political Power

The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every ten years to make sure that political power is fairly allocated among the states—and within states at the local level.