The US Constitution mandates that every resident be counted at least every ten years. As the 2020 census approaches, the Trump administration’s decision to meddle with how to perform this head count by adding a question about citizenship to the census has already been criticized by the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory committee and has become the target of lawsuits.
An estimated 3.7 million Arab Americans live in the United States. Most are U.S. citizens. Our understanding of this group’s health needs is limited. The limited research is partly due to the absence of an ethnic identifier for Arab Americans in official statistics. The research that does exist points to high levels of chronic disease (including hypertension), obesity, and depression in this population.