Information on the Miami-Dade County Task Force
In early 2019, Miami-Dade County Services and the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to create the 2020 Miami-Dade County Census Task Force. This group consists of 35 members, led by Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.
The task force is an advisory board comprised of local agencies intending to identify the best practices to address and curtail undercounts. Their job includes a comprehensive assessment to analyze individuals and targeted groups that remain likely to experience undercounts in Miami-Dade County.
This also involved identifying potential strategies to employ technology that can assist these hard-to-reach populations with completing their Census forms, as well as determining opportunities for collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and daycare centers to combat undercounting children.
Ultimately, the Census and Miami-Dade County Services work to compile information to develop a comprehensive 2020 Census action plan. This ensures accurate counts of the Miami-Dade County population, relying on community-based and other methods for success.
What Does the Census Task Force Do? Why is it Important?
Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau engages in a nationwide count aiming to determine the number of people living in the United States. Everyone in your household should be included.
The Census essentially provides the basis to reapportion Congressional seats, as well as distribute billions of dollars in federal funding that goes towards schools, hospitals, roads, public works projects, and numerous other crucial programs.
In March, the Census Bureau disperses invitations through the postal service. However, a Census worker will follow-up in person with any households that choose not to respond.
Miami-Dade County and the Census Task Force is an extensive outreach effort to encourage all residents in the area to participate in the 2020 Census. These efforts are extremely important because participation remains crucial to ensure the county receives its fair of federal funding that goes towards supporting local services and infrastructure, in addition to proper representation in congress.
Without a full and accurate Census count, the County risks negative impacts on funding and representation for future generations. It is up to the residents of Miami-Dade County, as well as the Census Task Force to properly shape the future by ensuring every individual in Miami-Dade gets counted.
Who Serves in the Miami-Dade County Census Task Force?
The agencies and individuals representing the 2020 Miami-Dade Census Task Force includes:
- Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. – Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
- Dr. Steve Gallon III, Task Force Vice-Chair – Miami-Dade County School Board
- Martine Charles – Alliance for Aging organization
- Maria Alejandra Rivas – Archdiocese of Miami
- Phong Tony Vu – Asian-American Advisory Board
- Dr. Tisa McGhee – Barry University Office of the President
- Jeannie (Tim) Wong – Florida Asian Services
- Lynn Norman-Teck – Florida Charter School Alliance
- Dr. Maria Icheva – Florida International University Office of the President
- Zachary Rinkins – Florida Memorial University Office of the President
- Glenn Cooper – Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
- Michelle Labgold – Greater Miami Jewish Foundation
- Dr. Jean Pierre – Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
- Janet Herrera – Hispanic Coalition
- Maurice Kemp the Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County
- Jessica Garrett Modkins – Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
- Dr. Jaime Anzalotta – Miami-Dade College Office of the President
- Edgar Wright – Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board
- Michelle LaPiana – Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
- John Quick – Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board
- Suzie Trutie – Miami-Dade County Elections Department
- Francesco Duberli – Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board
- Victoria Malette – Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
- Carmen Layne-Powers – Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board
- Krystina Francois – Miami-Dade County Office of New Americans
- Ray Baker – Miami-Dade County Public Library System
- Jerry Bell, AICP – Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Planning Division
- Jorge Martinez – Miami Vet Center
- Ruban Roberts – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Margaret Sanchez – National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
- Jemeka Windham – St. Thomas University Office of the President
- Juan D’Arce M.S.Ed. – Spanish-American League Against Discrimination (SALAD)
- Donovan Lee-Sin – The Children’s Trust
- Amanda Gorski – United Way of Miami-Dade
- Maryam Borrego – University of Miami Office of the President
Contact Reach Voters for More Information on Miami-Dade County Services and the Census Task Force
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- “Board of County Commissioners – Miami ….” 5 Feb. 2020, https://www.miamidade.gov/commission/. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
- “Resolution No. R-72-19 – Miami-Dade County.” http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/MinMatters/Y2019/190195min.pdf. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
- “Miami-Dade County.” http://www.miamidade.gov/. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
- “Miami-Dade County Public Schools.” http://www.dadeschools.net/. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
- “2020 Census | United States Census Bureau.” https://2020census.gov/en.html. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.