Udall, Community Leaders to Hold Virtual Roundtable on Reopening Census Efforts in Southern New Mexico

TODAY, Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will hold a virtual roundtable with the Las Cruces Area Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders in eastern and southern New Mexico to announce the reopening of census collection efforts temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Las Cruces-based field office will hand-deliver census packets to over 56,000 households in 15 counties while following social distancing guidelines. Nearly 20 percent of New Mexicans need hand-delivered forms to complete the census.

 

During the roundtable, Udall will highlight the importance to New Mexico of filling out the census and resuming socially distant field operations. Community leaders from southern New Mexico will illustrate the importance of the census-based funding for education, healthcare, seniors and senior services and critical infrastructure. New Mexico is historically at risk for an undercount. Just a one percent undercount in New Mexico could result in losing approximately $1 billion in federal funds over the next 10 years. Udall has launched a campaign on his social media channels, #CensusCounts, to highlight the importance of the census and encourage New Mexicans to fill it out.

 

The Census Bureau announced on March 18 a temporary suspension of field operations in New Mexico in order to maintain social distancing guidelines and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

 

TODAY, May 27, 2020

WHAT: Udall and community leaders to host virtual roundtable on reopening of Census collection efforts in southern New Mexico

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. MT

WHO:

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall
  • Pam Coleman, Chair of the State’s Census Commission and Director of the NM State Personnel Office
  • Dennis Johnson, Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Arsenio Romero, Superintendent, Deming Public Schools and Member of the NMSU Board of Regents
  • Meghan Mooney, Chair of the Hobbs Complete Count Committee (CCC) and Director of Communications, City of Hobbs
  • Dr. Edwin Neblett, Primary Care Doctor (ret.) in Catron County
  • Anabel Canchola, Certified Community Health Worker, Program and Contracts Administrator for Doña Ana County
  • David Briseno, Director of Outreach, La Casa Family Health Center (with clinics in Portales, Clovis and Roswell)

HOW TO JOIN: Please RSVP to [email protected] for the videoconference information.