The regional convening is the fourth of twenty held across the state designed to bring community based organizations, business leaders and individuals together to ensure all Californians are fairly counted in 2010. An interactive workshop included the following discussion items: determine where local Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC’s) should be located to assist those who need help filling out their forms, identify the trusted leaders in the community, learn where residents get their information and discuss ideas and recommendations on reaching the hard to count people. “I am pleased that the state and federal government are engaging the community on the importance of the Census. I walked away know just how important the census is to our community. Getting this message to the hard to count communities will help increase the response rate” said Dina Walker, President of Blue Educational Services.
Expert panelists included:
· Manny Lopez, Radio Owner/VP Director of Marketing, Dos Costas Communications Corporation (Hispanic Radio Network)
· Pastor Emory B. James, Ephesians New Testament United Holy Church
· Dina Walker, BLU Educational Foundation
· Ted Furlow, Director of Planning, San Bernardino Catholic Diocese
· Ramsey Sam, Executive
Director, Asian-American Center “These convenings are at the heart of developing an outreach strategy that works,” Director Ditas Katague said. “We need to reach out and visit each community and identify who the community trusts and where we can place questionnaire assistance centers (QACs). We know that in order to count the nearly 40 million people in California, we must tailor a strategy that both reflects the diversity and is sensitive to the uniqueness of our population.” The meeting concluded with a community networking lunch and a U.S. Census Training on “Starting a Complete Count Committee”. The California Complete County Committee will work in close partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to leverage federal resources at the statewide level and coordinate outreach in the most effective ways possible. The decennial Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and participation is required by law. The questionnaire for the upcoming 2010 Census will be one of the shortest in the history: just 10 questions that will take only 10 minutes to complete. All responses are kept strictly confidential.
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