Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. States across the United States have used shelter-in-place orders to prevent further spread. Nonprofit organizations and governments are working quickly to address the crisis, while citizens across the world do their part to reduce the spread of the virus. Within this crisis response, the stark ways in which at-risk communities are disinvested, undervalued, and under resourced have become more apparent than ever.

In the same month the United States turned all of its attention to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting responses for their survey—one that occurs only once every decade. The census collects comprehensive data about the demographic makeup of this country. Collectively participating in the survey protects underserved communities, communities that lack adequate access to quality health care, and communities with limited social service resources. Unfortunately, decade after decade, these communities—Black, Indigenous, people or color, the elderly, and youth—are dramatically undercounted.

Like our collective efforts to stay home and help “flatten the curve” during this global pandemic, there needs to be a collective effort to show up for the most vulnerable by participating in the census. Completing the census is a quick and secure process, with questions that provide enough information to transform communities. Increased participation can lead to better representation in Congress and more health care services in our communities. Whether taking a break from working at home or taking a break between Netflix binges, we must exercise our collective power and fill out the census. It’s a simple way to combat chronic misrepresentation that blurs who makes up our society.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois urges you to stand with us and pledge to be counted. We can’t allow this opportunity to pass. Help us ensure communities will not be left without resources in a historic time of need.

Pledge to be counted TODAY. Click here to learn more.

Dannie Ransom is a grassroots activist at Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

Tags: minority, WHO, census, pandemic, covid19, people of color, Health Care, health, healthcare, Health Equity

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of required cookies when utilizing our site; this includes necessary cookies that help our site to function (such as remembering your cookie preference settings). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.