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Plenary addresses importance of 2020 US Census and challenge of the young child undercount

An estimated five percent of all children under the age of five were missed in the 2010 U.S. Census. A plenary during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2019 Meeting in Baltimore addressed the impact this significant undercount had, how the Census relates to health care resources and the role pediatricians, clinics, hospitals and communities can play to help make sure all children are counted in the 2020 Census. According to Judy Aschner, M.D., chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO); Professor and the Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D., Ph.D. chair, Department of Pediatrics Hackensack Meridian Health; physician-in-chief, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, young children under the age of five are among the groups who are most likely to be undercounted by the Census which can greatly impact the resources that are available to educate, feed, house and care for them. Dr. Aschner said the goal of the recent plenary was not only to educate the pediatric community about the impact that the Census has on children, but a launch pad for actionable steps and initiatives pediatricians can take to inform communities.

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