volume 145, issue 5, Pe20200061 2020
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-0061
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Rose Ashraf, Carolyn N. Riker, Amanda M. Stewart

Abstract: The decennial census, written as a mandate into the US Constitution over 200 years ago, remains critical to the health of children today. The census count determines the distribution of $1.5 trillion (in 2017 dollars) in federal funds, 1 including funding for over 300 programs 1 that are vital to child health. These include programs supporting health care (eg, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program), education (eg, Head Start and special education grants), food and nutrition (eg, Special Supplemental…

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