NFID Partners with US Census Bureau

September 8, 2020 (Bethesda, MD) – The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has partnered with the US Census Bureau to encourage partners and stakeholders to complete the 2020 Census. As part of the collaboration, the US Census Bureau will share key public health information with consumers.

“Annual influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended in the US for everyone age six months and older. Through this unique partnership opportunity, NFID welcomes this opportunity to collaborate with the US Census Bureau to ensure that consumers understand the importance of responding to the 2020 Census, and of annual flu vaccination. By sharing key flu prevention messages as widely as possible, NFID hopes to help dispel myths and misinformation about flu,” said NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE.

In addition to serving as a population count, the 2020 Census also helps determine congressional representation, informs billions of dollars in federal funding for more than 100 programs, and provides data that will impact communities for the next decade. Individual responses help inform how more than $675 billion is spent on Medicaid/Medicare, health insurance for children, and healthcare for underserved populations. The census is also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

“Partners have been critical to reaching everyone for the 2020 Census, providing expanded awareness with all people throughout the US,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, PhD, said. “We are excited to collaborate with NFID—not only to remind everyone that there is still time to respond to the 2020 Census—but also to share critical public health information that helps NFID with the important mission to educate the public and healthcare professionals about infectious diseases.”

The US Constitution mandates a census once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts based on where populations have increased or declined. For more information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. For additional information, visit www.nfid.org.

Contact: Diana Olson, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, dolson@nfid.org, (301) 656-0003×140