Bureau of Family Nutrition
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

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Program Description

Target:

Pregnant women participating in WIC in Winnebago County Health Department

Purpose:

Increase the number of women who completely abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Services:

The WCHD FASD Prevention Program will screen all pregnant WIC participants, or approximately 3,000 individuals, to assess high-risk drinking behavior using the T-ACE screening questionnaire.

Delivery Method:

The FASD program is a pilot project funded by Northrop-Grumman. The proposed local service organization for demonstrating the Illinois FASD Prevention Program is the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD). The WCHD FASD Prevention Program screens all pregnant WIC participants, or approximately 3,000 individuals, to assess high-risk drinking behavior using the T-ACE screening questionnaire. It is estimated that a minimum of 100 women will receive at least one Brief Intervention. Project staff has implemented procedures among the maternal and child health programs in the health department to encourage participation in an effort to minimize attrition. Women who continue to engage in high-risk behavior are referred to the area's substance abuse treatment center.

Program Data

SFY09
Program Expenditures
(Numbers in 000's)
$48.1
Number of Grantees 1
Number Served 2,192

Program Effectiveness:

  • SFY09 was the project's first full year.
  • Winnebago Health Department staff attended a Screening and Brief Intervention training in Rockford in August.
  • Quarterly refresher trainings were provided by Prevention First Inc.
  • The FASD Prevention Task Force with members from the state WIC Program, WCHD, Rosecrance Health Network, Health Care and Family Services, the evaluation team, Prevention First Incorporated and a mother of a child with FASD met monthly.
  • The group reviewed and finalized project deliverables including a needs assessment, implementation plan, strategic plan and an evaluation plan.
  • WCHD protocols were also developed and implemented.