WIC pays off! A team of researchers including UCLA’s Dr. Roch Nianogo and PHFE WIC’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Shannon Whaley analyzed the cost saving effects of the WIC program and found that every $1 invested in WIC saves about $2.48 in medical, educational, and productivity costs. Their study will be published in Preventative Medicine
in July, 2019.
- Further savings could be achieved if all eligible women were enrolled in WIC.
- WIC is cost-effective in preventing preterm births
- Reductions in prenatal participation in the WIC program could lead to significant increases in costs.
Read the abstract and access the full study: “Economic evaluation of California prenatal participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to prevent preterm birth