The Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement (CHEE) is supporting the U.S. Census Bureau in increasing awareness and connecting the community to available resources and information. Here at Rush we understand the importance of health equity and the vital role it plays in the communities we serve. To do this work, it is essential that we understand the needs of our community and what the community looks like. In turn, we are looking to you, our community partners, to help us spread the word about the importance of information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. Responses to the 2020 Census have incredible impact. For each 1% of the population that is undercounted, Illinois loses $122 million in federal funding for our communities. The census also determines how much of a voice our communities have since it affects the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. Governments and businesses use census results to plan new investments, services and jobs.
The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in your home and sleeps there most of the time. Participants can take the census online, via mail and over the phone in 12 different languages. Responses are confidential and protected by law.
A quick guide to participating in the 2020 Census and additional resources are available below. For more information and how to respond, please visit 2020census.gov.