The upcoming 2020 Census will shape policymaking and planning for the United States for the next ten years. An accurate count is essential to ensure equitable representation for New York State in Congress and adequate funding for programs and services that benefit all New Yorkers. People age 65 and older are considered a “hard-to-count” population.
With funding from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and in partnership with LiveOn NY, The New York Academy of Medicine has developed a toolkit for aging service providers and other organizations that work with older people to optimize their census participation. The toolkit provides an overview of the 2020 Census, shows how IMAGE: NYC, The Interactive Map of Aging can help you identify neighborhoods to target census outreach, and outlines specific strategies for engagement.