On September 13, the Census Bureau will publish its annual survey of poverty, income, and health insurance coverage, including national and some state data for 2010. Then on September 22 a wealth of state and local Census survey data will be released. Last year, we learned the number of poor people shot up by 7.1 million from 2006 to 2009, that the number of people with private health coverage continued to plummet, and that one-third of our nation were either poor or near poor. Few expect improvement this year.
This new data should wake us to the need to rebuild our economy and protect our people. It’s hard to think of a time when the nation’s needs and the decision-makers’ nostrums were farther apart. The facts of September can help build the demand for real solutions.
Show you how to get your state’s poverty and health insurance data as soon as it comes out, so you can comment to the press in time for the first coverage and help to shape the public’s understanding of what it means.
Prepare press releases, blogs, letters to the editor, and other press pieces to tie the findings to their policy implications (protect Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.)
Keep you up to date on the federal budget threats (lots) and opportunities (well, some) the new data relate to.
Give you the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar and to get follow-up help when the data are released.