The Reduction of Infant Mortality in Illinois

The Family Case Management Program and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)


The graph below displays the proportion of clients in one program who are also enrolled in the other program. For example, the line labeled 'WIC' shows the proportion of WIC clients who were also enrolled in FCM. At the end of Fiscal Year 2008, 92.8 percent of WIC participants were participating in FCM and 95.6 percent of FCM participants were receiving WIC services.

Program Integration of WIC & FCM - Fiscal Year 2007

Chart 1: Program Integration of WIC & FCM - Fiscal Year 2007

Description of Chart 1: Program Integration of WIC & FCM - Fiscal Year 2007

WIC Int FCM Int
September-02 90.78% 94.05%
December-02 91.45% 93.93%
March-03 91.48% 94.09%
June-03 91.73% 94.19%
September-03 91.54% 94.06%
December-03 91.44% 94.40%
March-04 91.92% 94.60%
June-04 92.36% 94.63%
September-04 92.62% 94.78%
December-04 93.25% 94.92%
March-05 93.20% 94.90%
June-05 93.31% 95.10%
September-05 93.27% 95.21%
December-05 93.50% 95.09%
March-06 93.17% 95.26%
June-06 93.67% 95.31%
September-06 93.46% 95.31%
December-06 94.10% 95.14%
March-07 93.81% 94.81%
June-07 92.34% 94.78%
September-07 91.58% 94.59%
December-07 90.56% 94.68%
March-08 91.44% 94.99%
June-08 92.80% 95.60%

An evaluation of the WIC and FCM programs in 1998 found that Medicaid-eligible women who participated in WIC and FCM during pregnancy in 1996 had substantially lower rates of premature birth and infant mortality. Armed with this knowledge, the Department launched a concerted effort to integrate the delivery of these two programs across the state. Department staff helped local grantees to redesign the flow of patients through clinics, cross-trained staff and took other steps to ensure that patients were enrolled in both programs.