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#RuralHealthChat: 2020 Census Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) hosted a Twitter chat on February 27, 2020 with NOSORH on 2020 Census Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders. We were joined by special guests from PhilanthropywoRx, the Con Alma Health Foundation, the UK Center for Rural and Underserved Health Research, the National Association of Counties, the Rural Policy Research Institute, the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and the Census Project.

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Our Twitter Chat w/@NOSORH is STARTING! Follow along by using the #RuralHealthChat hashtag! If you are joining us today, please introduce yourself!

Thanks for joining today’s #RuralHealthChat! NOSORH is the membership organization of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health, promoting the #PowerofRural and #NationalRuralHealthDay. Find your SORH here:

@ruralhealthinfo @NOSORH Hi 👋, County #HealthRankings here! We know not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy where they live. We also know accurate census counts can help close these gaps. We’re excited to dig into #2020Census & why it matters for #ruralhealth during today’s #RuralHealthChat

Welcome to #RuralHealthChat! We are thrilled for the opportunity to co-host with @NOSORH today!

Back at ya, @ruralhealthinfo! We appreciate your partnership and all that you do for #rural and #frontier communities! #RuralHealthChat #PowerofRural

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our #RuralHealthChat special guests: Allen Smart @allensmart6, Nelsy Dominguez w/ @nmhealth, Ty Borders w/ @rural_center, @RUPRIhealth, @WalshCenter, Teryn Zmuda @terynzmuda, @CHRankings, & @censusproject

What an awesome group of experts! Thank you all for being our special guests today! #RuralHealthChat #PowerofRural

@NOSORH #RuralHealthChat Happy to be joining this important conversation about the #2020Census on behalf of the National Association of Counties. #Counties serve nearly every American every day. Urban, suburban and rural — counties work to keep our communities healthy, safe and vibrant.

@terynzmuda Yes!!! #Counties do so much to serve individuals and communities. AND so much of our #ruralhealthresearch comes from county-level understanding of risks and health outcomes.

Allen Smart from North Carolina and PhilanthropywoRx- the R is for rural! #ruralhealthchat

@ruralhealthinfo @allensmart6 @NMhealth @rural_center @RUPRIHealth @WalshCenter @terynzmuda @censusproject We're excited to be here! Can't wait to start chatting about #2020Census during this #RuralHealthChat!

Hi! It’s Nelsy Dominguez, Program Director with Con Alma Health Foundation @NMhealth and the #NMCounts!2020 Funders Group. Glad to be joining #RuralHealthChat

The Walsh Center team is looking forward to learning and sharing in today's #RuralHealthChat on the #2020Census!

How this works: We’ll ask questions using Q1/Q2/etc. & anyone can answer using A1/A2/etc. & the #RuralHealthChat hashtag. Comments and questions are welcome. Let’s begin!

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Q1: Let’s start with the basics! Why is it important that rural and frontier communities are accurately counted in the 2020 Census? Who else is likely to be undercounted? #RuralHealthChat

@ruralhealthinfo A1: When people in rural America are overlooked in the census, rural gets under-represented in how federal and state funds are distributed, number of seats in Congress, where businesses locate, & more, shares @greenjj1 in @ConversationUS #RuralHealthChat

@ruralhealthinfo A1: Because #EveryoneCounts — each census response helps determine funding! During our webinar, @LVCFoundation shared Pennsylvania receives $39B/year from census-derived data. When someone goes uncounted, the state loses $2,093 per year. #RuralHealthChat

@ruralhealthinfo Data from the #2020Census provides key variables for federal and state programs to use in determining allocation of resources (e.g. funding). Undercounting=Underfunding #RuralHealthChat

@ruralhealthinfo Q1: In FY 2017, states & localities annually received over $1.5 trillion in census guided federal funding. WVA relies more on census guided funding (16.6% of personal income) than any other state followed by MS (16.4%) #RuralHealthChat

@ruralhealthinfo Q1: A new study released by GWU & @censusproject shows that rural states have more at stake in terms of federal funding when it comes to getting an accurate count.

A1 Rural communities in #NewMexico have a lot to gain from an accurate count. Their political representation and power will more accurately reflect their presence. #RuralHealthChat

A1 Impact of an accurate count on NM’s rural communities will mean increased funding for critical programs like medicare, housing, school lunch programs. #RuralHealthChat

A1 #NM is home to federally recognized sovereign #NativeAmerican communities (19 Pueblos, 3 Apache tribes, and part of the Navajo Nation) the majority of which are in rural areas of the state. #RuralHealthChat #ruralhealthchat

A1: #Equity! #Census is THE method of determining what federal resources, and how much, are distributed across the country. At highest risk of being undercounted: #rural and #frontier, #minority, #immigrant & #lowincome populations #RuralHealthChat #PowerofRural

YES YES YES! The #2020Census is an #equity issue! #RuralHealthChat