Upcoming Webinar

Census 2020:  What's at Risk for Public Health?




Wednesday, October 30th  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Presented by:

Robert Scardamalia, US Census Bureau

Richard Tobe, NYS Department of Labor

Cate Teuten Bohn, NYS Council on Children and Families


FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

Continuing Education Credits:

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required.

Click here to register online


The U.S. Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population every 10 years through a nationwide census. In addition, the Census Bureau collects more detailed socio-economic data on U.S. households each year through the American Community Survey (ACS), which is a legal part of the decennial census. Together, the census and the ACS produce some of the nation’s best data for understanding the characteristics of the population and the needs of people living in the United States.

A 2017 Sunlight Foundation survey of city staff across the United States found that more than 80 percent of officials use demographic data, specifically from the census and the ACS, to inform decisions on issues such as local infrastructure, public health, and food security. An inaccurate measure of the U.S. population and its characteristics could deprive key public health stakeholders of vital resources needed to ensure they are meeting each community’s needs.

This webinar will present how New York State is preparing for the 2020 Census, including findings from the State Complete Count Commission report on issues that have led to past undercounts in New York State. The U.S. Census Bureau will present plans for the 2020 Census, including use of new technology for the enumeration process and efforts to build partnerships to reach hard-to-count populations. Learn what’s at risk and how public health stakeholders (you) can do to ensure an accurate count in NYS.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this webinar you will be able to:

-  Recognize the importance of the decennial census to your communities and daily work by recognizing two data indicators in jeopardy from an inaccurate count.

-  Identify five reasons that undercounts exist in previous decennial census.

-  Select two activities to advance local efforts to ensure a complete count in your communities.

Speaker Biographies

Robert Scardamalia, who served as New York's Chief Demographer for more than 20 years and has 30 years of experience working on multiple censuses, now works as a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau in the New York Capital Region.

Richard Tobe has more than 30 years of experience in senior management of governmental entitites with Erie County, the State of New York and the City of Buffalo.  He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector including five years as Vice President at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.  Richard currently serves as the Director of Special Intergovernmental Projects at New York State Department of Labor.

Cate Teuten Bohn, MPH, is a Policy Analyst with the Council on Children and Families and a Clinical Associate Professor at UAlbany School of Public Health. With over twenty years in governmental public health administration, Cate has strong skills in community health assessment, intergovernmental strategic planning and staff development. Ms. Bohn has used her public health skills to highlight population data and evidence-based practice to improve health and engage community members.

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