U.S Census 2020: New Mexico Counts
This week, amid the pandemic, you will receive the US Census 2020 in the mail. Even while nurses are on the frontline it remains critically important to complete. The tagline on the envelope states: "Shape Your Future" and for those of us committed to having a count that reflects the diversity of NM and those of us in healthcare, this could not be more true. An accurate census count is crucial to the funding of Medicaid, transportation grants, education grants, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Community Development Block Grants and dozens of other health related federal programs. Billions of federal dollars are distributed to states based on census counts and each New Mexican not counted equates to a loss of approximately $3,000 every year for the next decade. A 1% undercount of New Mexicans in 2020 could result in a $600,000,000 loss of funds over a ten-year period. As home to some of the nations “hardest-to-count” communities, many New Mexicans are at a higher risk of an unfair and inaccurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census*. (*from Con Alma Health Foundation).
PLEASE TAKE A DEEP BREATH, FORCE YOURSELF TO TAKE THAT 5 MINUTES AND PLEASE COMPLETE THE US CENSUS 2020 BY THE APRIL 1 DEADLINE....and yes, it is a legal requirement per household!!