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Vol. LXII, No. 5
March 5, 2010
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Census 2010: Time to Be Counted

Starting in March 2010, all residential addresses in the United States will receive 2010 Census questionnaires. It is important that all persons residing in the U.S. at the time of the Census be counted—if you are not a citizen of the U.S. or if you are living here temporarily you should still complete the questionnaire.

The Census count determines the amount of dollars your local jurisdiction will get in funds from the federal and state governments for important programs and services. The funding is based on the total number of residents counted. The count also determines your local jurisdiction’s representation in the state legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By federal law, the Census Bureau is not allowed to share any personal identifiable information about you with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Information collected by the Census Bureau is used for statistical purposes only. The 2010 Census form consists of only 10 simple questions.

The following are key dates:

March 2010—Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households.

Apr. 1—Census Day.

May-July 2010—Census workers visit households that have not returned the questionnaire.

December 2010—The Bureau of Census delivers population counts to the President of the U.S. For more information, visit www.census.gov.

For Montgomery County Census information and activities, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census.

NIH Al-Anon Groups Welcome Addict Families

The Al-Anon Groups at NIH welcome any family members of individuals who are being detoxed and treated at the Clinical Center for drug abuse.

Al-Anon is an organization for families and friends of alcoholics and is not primarily for families of those who have addiction problems with harder drugs. However, the NIH program focuses on the individual, rather than the person in treatment, or the addiction. Simply put, its goal is to provide hope for loved ones of people in recovery.

There are two weekly group meetings that help in dealing with loved ones who have problems caused by addiction. Some of the members have decades in Al-Anon. Members feel the program will be just as helpful for those dealing with narcotic addiction as for those dealing with alcoholics.

Meetings are free and confidential and take place in Bldg. 31, Rm. 1B63, Monday and Thursday at noon.

NIH Golf Association Seeks New Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole competitive coed league) is looking for new members for the 2010 season. It currently has 7 teams of up to 25+ players each and schedules 8 stroke play outings in the spring and summer. Stroke play is followed by up to 5 match play outings. All outings are mid-week at local courses in Virginia and Maryland and play is optional. The NIHGA caps the year off in October with an outing that includes golf/cart and dinner for all members and their guests. Prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40, so all golfers are welcome. For more information contact Howard Somers at somersh@mail.nlm.nih.gov; visit www.recgov.org/nihga/ for complete information on the upcoming schedule and other news.

NCI Web Site Is Revamping

Share your ideas for Cancer.gov

NCI is preparing changes to its web site Cancer.gov. The institute will roll out enhancements in phases and engage key stakeholders in the process.

NCI is also expanding its activity in the world of social media, with a small but increasing presence on sites such as YouTube and Twitter. NCI’s goal is not only to provide evidence-based information, but also to provide it to the right person at the right time, in the most appropriate language and format.

The institute is inviting advocacy organizations, NCI-designated cancer centers, NCI-supported programs, extramural researchers, health care professionals and the public to provide their thoughts on how Cancer.gov can become a more effective communication tool.

Your thoughts about Cancer.gov can be submitted through an online forum at http://cancergov.ideascale.com. The dialogue will be open until Mar. 31. After that date, a new section established on Cancer.gov will provide updates on progress and program milestones for the site’s evolution.

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