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Janice Palmer Appointed to Governor Doug Ducey’s Arizona Complete Count Committee

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: August 23, 2019

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently announced the members of the Arizona Complete Count Committee (CCC), a 23-member committee charged with ensuring Arizona’s Census 2020 count is as complete and accurate as possible. The committee will bring together key community leaders representing Arizona’s diverse and unique demography to partner closely with federal officials, local complete count committees, and grassroots organizations to create outreach strategies and marketing plans ahead of the 2020 census, which begins on April 1, 2020.

Among the community leaders selected was Janice Palmer, Helios’ Vice President and Director of Policy, who will serve as the committee’s Philanthropic Partnership Liaison.

The census will determine the number of congressional seats Arizona will receive in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as guide the redistricting of Arizona’s state and local legislative districts. The census count also will determine levels of funding for many federal programs, including the allocation of billions of dollars of federal education aid to states and localities using formulas that factor in population and poverty levels.

“A strong and accurate Census count is critical,” said Palmer.  “This cross sector committee will help ensure that Arizona’s count includes all of our residents, especially Latino and other undercounted populations.” 

Responsibilities of the CCC include:

  • Developing a strategic communications plan to ensure widespread public awareness of the 2020 Census and the high importance of all Arizonans participating;
  • Partnering with local-level complete count committees and community efforts to provide state-level perspective, guidance, and coordination;
  • And creating targeted plans addressing populations that have been historically undercounted in past census counts to achieve maximum participation levels in the 2020 Census.

Helios is proud to be the voice of philanthropy within such an important committee and to advocate for what will best serve Arizona’s students.

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