Census Participation Vital For Community

May 11, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

I’m writing to remind everyone to please participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The data collected in this census will determine the nationwide allocation of over $675 billion in federal funding which, over the next 10 years, will support a great number of important activities and programs, including many in our area (fire and safety protection, education, roads, health care, nutrition and many others). It’s hard to overstate the importance to all of us of responding to the census, given the broad scope and long-term nature of the decisions that will be based on census data.

As a member of the Rockbridge Area Health Center’s board of directors, I’m particularly aware of the importance of federal funding to maintain and grow RAHC’s ability to provide essential health care services locally. The center has been a crucial component of health care here since 1992; and it has assumed an even greater role in recent years, as the center expands to provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care to the ever-growing number of patients from all walks of life, insured or uninsured, employed or unemployed.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, RAHC has quickly responded to the unexpected demands on its staff and services and has been inspired by the tremendous community support for the center’s mission: to promote and provide access to comprehensive and affordable health care to improve the health and well-being of our community. Federal dollar allocations based on 2020 census results will play a major role in helping RAHC keep our community healthy and ensuring that all of us have access to the health care we need.

Please continue your support for a healthy, well-cared-for community by completing your 2020 U.S. Census form: it’s easy, confidential, and one of the most important things you can do right now to help RAHC and our community as a whole. You can get answers to your questions about the census at 2020census.gov or by calling (844) 330-2020. Thank you for being part of this important process.



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