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How Did the Pandemic Transform California’s Safety Net?

By Caroline Danielson

Government investments and service innovations reduced the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of these approaches can inform safety net policy beyond the pandemic.


Health Coverage and Care for Undocumented Immigrants: An Update

By Paulette Cha, Shannon McConville

COVID-19 has revealed how gaps in health care coverage among immigrants can put the health of entire communities at risk. This report updates findings on the ways undocumented Californians connect with the health care system to inform policy discussions around providing affordable health insurance for all.

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Immigrants and Health in California

By Paulette Cha

Immigrants and their families have limited health care coverage, even as many face disproportionate health risks, especially during the pandemic.

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Creating a Safety Net for Immigrant Communities

By Shannon McConville

Through Disaster Relief Aid for Immigrants, California has dedicated $75 million to assist undocumented immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked with Joseph Villela, director of Policy and Advocacy at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, about his organization’s experience in helping create this emergency program.


California’s Future: Safety Net

By Caroline Danielson, Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of California’s safety net, which helps millions of low-income adults and children meet basic needs. It has also highlighted disparities in health and economic well-being across racial/ethnic groups.



The coronavirus outbreak poses a tremendous challenge to California, the nation, and the global community. PPIC’s analyses examine the impacts of COVID-19 and how policy choices and other actions can help address them.

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Most Californians Favor Requiring Vaccinations

By Alyssa Dykman

Around three-quarters of Californians, including majorities across regions and demographic groups, say parents should be required to vaccinate their children.


Immigrants in California

California is home to nearly 10 million immigrants, accounting for almost a quarter of the foreign-born population in the US. PPIC’s research builds understanding of important immigration trends in California and key issues in immigration policy at the state and federal levels.

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Census-Related Funding in California

By Patrick Murphy, Caroline Danielson

The census plays a role in determining federal funding levels for a broad range of state programs. An accurate count in 2020 can help California provide services to populations in need.

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