February 27, 2020
Welcome to this week's installment of our Aging Network 2020 Census Newsletter. In this email, you'll find links to our most recent webinars, tips for your 2020 Census outreach and other information. We continue to add to our webpage, so be sure to bookmark: ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/

We will be sending emails like this to keep you connected to our outreach efforts. Please use these resources and reach out to us for support.
Using Online Maps in Census Outreach; Reaching Older Adults

Update from last week
An updat ed 2020 Census Plan to Be Counted Presentation along with a recording of the presentation is available for Volunteer Census Ambassadors to use on the AgeOptions Resource page under Outreach Materials

For these resources and more, visit our Aging Network 2020 Census Resource webpage: http://ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/

AgeOptions will be switching over to Conference Calls starting next week, March 3rd.Eaach Tuesday in March, we will host an open call for professionals in the Aging Network to call in with questions about the 2020 Census or thier outreach efforts. We will also continue to provide any updates that we have about the Census, and we will invite grantees who are completing Census Solution Workshops to join in and share what they know!
Conference Call information:
Dates and Time:
  • March 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1:00pm CT
  • March 31 at 2:00pm CT
Why Is the Census Important to Illinois and Your Community

On this weeks webinar we had guest speaker Terri Worman from AARP. Terri shared the relevance of each question included in the 2020 Census and how the information impacts outcomes for the communities and the state. Terri also shared the important role family caregivers can play in helping complete the Census. You can review the SLIDES from the presentation to see specifics on each question.

Cristina Diaz from AgeOptions also joined us and shared her knowledge of using the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM). This mapping tool helps with identifying historically undercounted areas nationwide. You can find the ROAM Tool HERE. Cristina also went over the Map the Count mapping tool created by UIC to identify these undercounted communities located in Illinois. You can find the UIC Mapping tool HERE.
Reminders to Stay Protected

Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.
  • The Census Bureau will NOT ask for your Social Security number, Citizenship, any banking information or political affiliation.
  • Responses cannot shared with anyone including the FBI, ICE or local Law Enforcement
Helpful Tips

  • When utilizing the ROAM mapping tools talked about, it was suggested that you use your screenshot "snipping tool" on the computer to be able print out the specific areas you are looking to focus on as there is no "Print" feature on the ROAM program.
  • Jason Echols also recapped items on our resource page on this week's webinar. We are always updating and adding useful documents and Census information, so keep checking it out for new information! You can access our resource website HERE


AgeOptions is maintaining a list of question & answers about the 2020 Census you can view here. We feature select questions here. to see the full list click here , and if you have a question, submit it with this form .

How does the 2020 Census affect funding to Illinois? 

  • An undercount of Illinois residents will impact the allocation of funds, resources and political representation for the State. 

  • Illinois can lose up to $19,557,435 per year for a decade, resulting in a total loss of $195,574,350 for an undercount of even one percent! 

  • Census data will be used to determine the number of seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives and used to redraw electoral maps, which will impact the size of each district in the Illinois General Assembly. https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=117935