Sacramento, Calif., (June 27, 2018) – The California Endowment commends Governor Jerry Brown and California legislators for adding significant resources in the new state budget for efforts related to the upcoming 2020 census. The Governor signed the budget today, which includes $90.3 million for census-related activities – more than double what was in the initial budget proposal.
“This budget signals a clear commitment from our state’s leaders in ensuring every Californian is counted in 2020, despite the tremendous challenges coming from Washington,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “There is far too much at stake for California in the upcoming census, which directly affects the health and well-being of all Californians, particularly lower-income families, communities of color, and undocumented communities. Because of this, we’re committed to working with the state and its partners to assist in education and outreach efforts, especially in those ‘hard to count’ regions.”
The decennial census count is used to divide nearly $400 billion in federal, state and local services and programs, including child and maternal health services, school meals, housing and other programs. For every person counted, their local community and state receives approximately $1,600 in federal dollars.
The census is also used to reapportion the 435 U.S. House seats. As the nation’s most populous state, California cannot afford an incomplete count.
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org