January 10 2018

Sacramento, Calif., (January 10, 2018) – The California Endowment commends Governor Jerry Brown for his 2018-2019 Budget Proposal, which allocates $40 million in a multi-year commitment for efforts toward the 2020 Census count – money that will help educate Californians about the importance of being counted.

“We want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing the importance of a complete Census count in California,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “The Census will have tremendous implications for the health and well-being of all Californians, particularly those in immigrant and other vulnerable communities. Governor Brown clearly recognizes the challenges coming from the federal level and has laid out a spending plan that positions our state as a continued leader in health, equity and justice.”

The decennial Census count is used to divide nearly $400 billion in federal, state and local services and programs – child and maternal health services, school meals, housing and more. For every person counted, their local community and state receives $1,600 in federal dollars. Additionally, the count determines the reapportionment of the 435 U.S. House seats.

In 2010, when California did not invest in census outreach, our state didn’t gain a single House seat for the first time in 90 years.

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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.

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