An annual report is prepared by DHSS, generally within six months after receipt of the summary tables from CDC. The annual report summarizes the state data and compares it to the national data on demographic characteristics of the population and prevalence of anemia, prenatal care, pre-pregnancy weight status, weight gain during pregnancy, smoking behaviors, drinking behaviors, birth outcomes specifically low birth weight and premature births, and infant feeding practices.
Clinic/county-specific graphic summaries of the demographic characteristics of the population and prevalence of health indicators, prenatal behaviors and birth outcomes are generated by the Department of Health for use by the local WIC agencies.
The WIC MICAs data are acquired from the WIC Certification data set. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, which was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1972. The main purposes of the WIC Program are to provide food supplements, nutritional risk assessments, nutrition education, and health and social services referrals to low-to-moderate income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five (Less than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level). Go to WIC to find out more information on Women, Infants and Children.
The data utilized to develop the WIC MICAs is acquired differently than that which is presented by CDC in the PNSS reports so numbers and percents will not be the same.