March 27 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In response to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ announcement on Monday evening that he intends to include an untested and unnecessary question on citizenship in the 2020 census questionnaire, Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President for Healthy California at The California Endowment issued the following statement:

“Since 1790, the U.S. Census has united us around the principle that everyone in America should be counted. Now, by trying to change the Census, Washington D.C. is spreading its chaos to other parts of the nation. It is more important than ever for us to stay united and make sure everyone participates.”

The California Endowment is working with its partners in philanthropy and grantees to support a complete 2020 Census count through ongoing education of California’s most marginalized communities.

About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental 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. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at


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