Census 2020 – Help Increase Response Rates During COVID-19

NJ-AIMH is pleased to offer this message and resources about Census 2020 from Advocates for Children of NJ!

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the importance of the social safety net (child care funding, Medicaid, SNAP, school meals, hospitals) has never been clearer, which makes it even more important to have an accurate Census count. The 2020 Census will determine the funding our schools, hospitals and communities get for the next decade!

Although the pandemic has impacted and delayed Census operations, people can still self-respond safely, confidentially and easily from home (online at 2020census.gov, over the phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail). It’s important that we emphasize this to parents and families to ensure all kids are counted.

Here are some ideas for action:

  • Send the link to the 2020 Census with an email message to family and friends. (sample message: “Don’t forget to make your kids count in the 2020 Census. It takes just 10 minutes! Complete your Census safely from home at 2020Census.gov”)
  • Share a #CensusSelfie of your own Census completion and share with your families and personal networks (Instructions here:  https://acnj.org/take-action-censusselfie-challenge/ )
  • Download a FREE copy of the “We Count!” Ebook to read with children (Download for free with the code DOWNLOAD at checkout:   https://www.wecountkids.org/we-count-pdfs
  • Share ACNJ’s 7-minute “What You Need To Know” about the Census with your family and friends.

If you have additional suggestions for how to encourage families to complete the 2020 Census, please let us know. We are all struggling to figure out how to increase response rates during COVID-19 – without door-knocking, in-person events or gatherings of people.

We encourage you to share these ideas for action regarding the 2020 Census. Thank you!

The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Series “Domestic Violence and Shelter-In-Place”

In the fourth episode from a special COVID-19 series of The Brain Architects podcast, host Sally Pfitzer speaks with Dr. Tien Ung, Program Director for Impact and Learning at FUTURES without Violence, to discuss practical steps those at home can take to keep themselves and their children safe, as well as strategies others can use if they think someone they know may be experiencing domestic violence. Tien also highlights the importance of maintaining social connections during periods of physical distancing.

Talking to and Supporting Children and Ourselves During the Pandemic

David J Schonfeld, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provides resources for early childhood educators on how to talk with young children about the pandemic to promote their understanding and adjustment, as well as practical advice that can be shared with parents on how to support their children’s adjustment and how they can serve as effective models of coping techniques.

The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition: Creating Communities of Opportunity

While the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us, it isn’t affecting all of us equally. Some communities—especially communities of color—are feeling the brunt of the virus more than others, in terms of higher rates of infection as well as economic fallout, among many other ways.

In this third special COVID-19 episode of The Brain Architects podcast, host Sally Pfitzer is joined by Dr. David Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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