National WIC Association

The impact of prenatal WIC participation on infant mortality and racial disparities

Khanani I, et al. The impact of prenatal WIC participation on infant mortality and racial disparities. Am J Public Health. Apr 2010;100(Suppl 1):S204-S209.

This study assessed the impact of WIC services on improving birth outcomes and reducing racial disparities. Results showed that the infant mortality rate (IMR) was lower for WIC participants than for non-WIC participants. For African Americans, the IMR of WIC participants was much lower than that of non-WIC participants. For whites, IMR and preterm birth rates were not improved by WIC participation.