Take Action!
September 2020 Newsletter
Take a Stand Against Hunger. 
September, traditionally recognized as "Hunger Action Month," is a meaningful time to join in the efforts to help reducing hunger in North Dakota. This is true especially now, when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are facing food insecurity and hunger, some of them for the first time in their lives. Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition, is a statewide network of organizations, agencies and individuals, working to identify and address the unmet food and hunger needs and their underlying causes, to meet the vision of a hunger-free North Dakota. 

In this month's featured article, Karen Ehrens, health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, policy advocate and the coordinator for the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition, presents some of the hardships faced by North Dakota's families, and especially families with children, in the wake of the pandemic, and how "food helpers" sprung to action to help those in need. She ends with a call to action for all of us to step up and help. 
Turn Data Into Action.
The prevalence of diabetes is highest among those with the lowest household income and decreases as income increases. Diabetes rates show an increasing trend for most income levels for the 2011-2018 time period. Increases in diabetes rates among adults have been described by the CDC as a major public health threat. Curbing the increase in diabetes is important especially now, during the COVID-19 outbreak, as the CDC included diabetes among conditions that increase the risk of severe illness if contacting the virus.
Challenge Your Knowledge.
In 2018, 30 percent of North Dakota's adults (age 25 and older) held a bachelor's or a more advanced degree. By county, the percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher ranges from 11 percent to 39 percent. Which county ranks first?
b) Cass
Use Actionable Data.
North Dakota Compass is your one-stop shop for reliable, accurate, and unbiased demographic and socio-economic data. The data is available in an accessible format and is easy to use and understand.

Check the website, and in addition to data you'll find more resources, tools, and narrative to provide more context and facilitate understanding.

Don't find what you are looking for? Do you have specific data needs? Do you need help with analyzing or understanding data? Contact us with a special request and we'll be happy to work with you. 

Time Is Running Out. Act Now!
The 2020 Census will conclude data collection operations on September 30, 2020. Everyone who lived in the United States on April 1, 2020, is required to be counted. Where there are more people, there are more needs - for schools, roads, and services for families, older adults, and children. Communities will miss out on funding for critical public services for the next 10 years unless everyone is counted. Every response matters!

The time to act is now! Respond today at 2020census.gov!

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