South Carolina Structural Factors Associated with Poverty
Poverty is an experience that occurs when people do not have adequate resources to fully engage in society. In 2020, as an outcome of the Foundation’s strategic plan, staff members partnered with the Rural & Minority Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina to conduct research that quantitatively assesses the factors that contribute to poverty throughout the state.
Key Report Findings
Poverty in South Carolina is a complex, multi-factorial phenomenon that needs to be examined as such. Six structural factors—economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, education, food security, community and social context, and health care—were evaluated through this research to identify the systemic and policy elements related to each that lead to, reinforce, and exacerbate poverty in the state. Using existing, publicly available data, most of the issues examined showed that the outcomes associated with each in South Carolina are poor, especially when compared to the U.S. as a whole.
While every resident of the state is likely affected by the experience of poverty and its associated structural factors, it is critical to reflect that this does not mean that the experience is shared equally by all groups. All of the factors examined in this research included elements that disproportionately affected different groups based on their gender and/or racial/ethnic identities. See Full study for more information.
To learn more about the foundation’s research, please contact Director of Policy and Research, Chynna A. Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org