by Megan Plassmeyer on Aug 15, 2018
Health and Education
WREN recognizes that the health and education of women and children is crucial in order to ensure statewide prosperity. We advocate for policies that address the barriers that families, predominantly women and mothers, face when accessing the rights and resources needed to make healthy and well informed decisions.
Together, WREN aims to be a collective force in identifying and solving disparities that lead to low health and education performance indicators statewide. We believe that bringing fact and science together leads to solid public policy.
Education is also critical to the safety and well-being of all the families in our state. By receiving access to comprehensive information, we are enabling success in the prevention of unintended teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease and expanding opportunities for young people.
Why It Matters In SC?
- The maternal mortality rate in South Carolina is on the rise, and it is higher than the national average.
- SC ranks 39th overall in the U.S. in terms of child well-being.
- SC is ranked 11th in the nation for teen pregnancy rates.
- SC is ranked 7th in the nation for incidence of chlamydia, 9th in gonorrhea, and 22nd in syphilis.
- SC was ranked 42nd in health outcomes, the same ranking as last year. This means that 41 other states are healthier than ours.
If we can lift the health and educational standards for South Carolina women and girls, we can lift the whole state.