Greenville News: Why South Carolina is Again Ranked One of the Worst States to Raise a Family
Greenville News quotes Assistant Professor of health services administration Dr. Andrew Fenelon in an article detailing South Carolina’s new ranking as the eighth worst state in the nation and worst places to raise a family.
The WalletHub report “compares states across dozens of indicators, such as affordable housing, education quality, median income and crime.”
In order to raise their ranks, Dr. Fenelon is quoted as saying, “In my opinion, states would do well to leverage the social factors that improve health and well-being, not just for children, but for their parents as well.”
“The states that do really well — North Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey — are states that have high incomes and low poverty, especially relative to cost of living," Dr. Fenelon states in the article. "Either relatedly or as a result, these states also enjoy good health indicators, high quality schools, and more stable families.”
“So programs that reduce poverty would be particularly helpful, since they would raise the socioeconomic indicators, but then also likely have impacts on hospitals and schools in the state,” he adds.
Dr. Fenelon’s research examines race/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in health in the United States, immigrant health and mortality, and cigarette smoking's impact on US life expectancy. Dr. Fenelon's current research addresses the effects of HUD housing assistance on health, health care access, and neighborhood attainment in the US using the recent linkage of HUD administrative records to the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.