Dear Team UAMS,
Once every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. This year, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and phone, although you can still respond by mail if you prefer.
Strict federal law protects census responses. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding our community receives. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade, including funding for hospitals, schools, education, housing and child protection services.
As you can see, your answers to the census matters. That is why I am asking, if you haven’t already, that you take the time to complete the census, either online, by mail or by phone. If you misplaced your postcard with your ID, you can still complete the census online by clicking on this link: https://2020census.gov/.
The deadline to complete the census is Sept. 30.
Thank you in advance for participating with me in completing the census.
Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA