Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) hosted an "Everybody Counts Health Fair" to increase Census participation awareness in the medical community and the patients they serve. The health fair took place at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
At the event, Congressman Baca spoke of the importance to the Inland area of an accurate count in the upcoming Census. Medical experts from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center also were present at the health fair and provided free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body fat analysis, body mass index readings, and free seasonal flu shots to the public.
"As the 2010 Census nears, I am committed to ensuring that each resident understands the critical importance of full participation and an accurate count," said Congressman Baca. "Census demographic data is used by the federal government to make a number of vital funding decisions in our communities for everything from housing, to education, to law enforcement, and judicial services. It also influences many local health related choices including the placement of hospitals and medical clinics, the location of nursing homes and the availability of medical personnel, the forecasting of Medicare and Medicaid usage, and other healthcare related issues."
"In addition, census data is absolutely necessary for an accurate determination of Congressional representation and Electoral College figures," continued Rep. Baca. "There is too much at stake for the Inland Empire -- we cannot afford an undercount in our local communities. I thank Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for working with me to raise greater awareness of the 2010 Census, and for all their efforts to help Inland families lead happier, healthier lifestyles."
Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010; households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person. Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential.