LOUISVILLE, Ky, September 15, 2020 -
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today announced that it has awarded seven grants totaling more than $28,000 to local organizations to help ensure an accurate population count in the Commonwealth.
"Kentucky relies on a full, accurate population count, not only to apportion our representation in the U.S. House, but also for determining how to fund so many programs that are critical to the health of our people," said Ben Chandler. "Our goal with these last-minute grants is to help these seven communities bring home the final count by raising awareness and assisting Kentuckians who have not yet completed their 2020 Census."
As of Sept. 13, an estimated 89 percent of Kentucky's households had been counted, including 67.6 percent who self-reported, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The current deadline for collecting the data is September 30.
The Foundation awarded grants to:
1. Grayson County Fiscal Court, $5,000, for a multimedia communications campaign.
2. Kentucky River Area Development District, $5,000, for flyers and banners; to provide phone, drive-up, and on-the-spot assistance at senior centers; and for radio advertising.
3. La Casita Center, $5,000, for outreach to both Spanish- and English-speaking residents via radio and social media, and to provide assistance by phone and in-person.
4. Lexington Community Radio, Inc., $5,000, for a multimedia public education campaign to reach Lexington's non-English speaking populations and other underrepresented communities via RADIOLEX station advertising, social media posts and news interviews.
5. Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, $5,000, for events to reach hard-to-count populations.
6. Redeemer Lutheran Church, $1,000, for signage and flyers to be used at church community events.
7. Todd County Health Department, $2,680, for outreach to Hispanic, Amish/Mennonite, and elderly communities via leadership communications and media outreach; and for Spanish interpreters to provide in-person assistance.
The 2020 Census can be completed online or by phone here: https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth