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Geography: Illinois

WIC to 5: Pocket Guide for Health Care Providers

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) WIC Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (Illinois WIC), is partnering with faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of […]

Illinois State WIC Page

The Illinois State WIC Page includes main contacts, State WIC profiles, and state-specific resources and links.

How WIC Positively Impacts Local Communities

“For over forty years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been strengthening local communities across America. In urban, rural and suburban areas, WIC’s time-limited […]

Chronic Stress and Low Birth Weight Neonates in a Low-Income Population of Women

The authors examines whether there was an association between chronic psychosocial stress and low-birth weight neonates among low-income women. researchers found that many psychosocial stressors were associated with a low-birth weight delivery, including food insecurity, a child with a chronic illness, a crowded home environment, and unemployment.

Neighborhood Support and the Birth Weight of Urban Infants

The goal of this study was to determine whether perceived levels of social support affected birth weight. Data suggested that infants born to African-American mothers were, on average, 297 grams lighter than those born to white mothers. For African-American mothers only, the mean birth weight decreased significantly as the neighborhood level of economic disadvantage increased. A positive association between perceived levels of social support and birth weight was found for white mothers only.

Predictors of Breastfeeding Exclusivity in a WIC Sample

This study examines predictors of breastfeeding exclusivity in low-income women who received services from a Chicago-area WIC clinic. researchers found that women who received first-trimester prenatal care were more likely to exclusively breastfeed than were women who entered prenatal care in later trimesters. In addition, women who declared intentions prenatally to exclusively breastfeed were more likely to exclusively breastfeed than were women who did not intend to breastfeed. Furthermore, overweight/obese women were less likely to exclusively breastfeed than were normal/underweight women.

Underimmunization in Chicago Children who Dropped Out of WIC

This retrospective cohort study determined whether children who remained active at WIC immunization-linked sites after their first birthday were more likely to be immunized by ages 19 months and 25 months than those who had dropped out. The study concluded that children who participated in WIC were more likely to be immunized, compared with children who had dropped out of WIC.