Reports and Data
Colorado data resources: Local Agencies and WIC staff
All WIC staff members are required to guard the confidentiality of WIC applicants or participant information. Data that includes personal identifying information (PII) or personal health information (PHI) can only be shared with persons directly connected with federal, state, or local administration of the WIC Program.
Release of information that contains only summary information (no PII or PHI) is allowed.
WIC Data Central contains additional reports and dashboards, outside of those already in the WIC Compass system, that local agency staff may utilize. In order to gain access to WIC Data central, you must have a Compass user ID and a special request must be sent to the State WIC Office. If you already have access, you can log in to WIC Data Central.
COLORADO DATA RESOURCES: ALL OTHER PARTNERS
Starting in October 2021, the Colorado WIC Data Dashboard will be available with current information on WIC enrollment in the state, including total enrollment, race/ethnicity, age, infant/child sex, maternal education, spoken language, and participation in other government programs such as SNAP. The dashboard contains data since 2018 and will be updated each month.
Starting in March 2021, COWIC is providing a Colorado WIC Snapshot, a quarterly update on recent data, the current state of COWIC, and key trends the State Office is tracking. Including enrollment numbers, benefit redemptions, and referrals. A new Snapshot will be available each quarter.
In coordination with the National WIC Association (NWA) and 11 other states, in April 2021, Colorado distributed an online survey to clients about their WIC experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANNUAL WIC DATA TABLES (2017-2019)
The Annual WIC Data Tables provide aggregate, statewide WIC data for the years 2017-2019 on three key topics: enrollment, participant, and infant health indicators. The data will be updated annually.
The Colorado WIC Referral Form allows potentially eligible families, health care providers, and community partners to submit WIC referrals online at www.coloradowicsignup.com.
The Percent Eligible Enrolled is a yearly measure of the percent of the eligible WIC population who are participating in the WIC program. It is calculated for pregnant women, infants, children ages 1-4, and total participants by county for each calendar year back to 2013.
Since 2012 the Colorado WIC Program analyzes its USDA WIC Participant and Program Characteristics (PC) file to assess the point prevalence of overweight and obese children ages 2 through 4 years. This analysis of the WIC PC file includes all actively enrolled participants in the WIC database during the month of April for each year. For more information, refer to the corresponding description for each year’s data report.
Through 2011 the Colorado WIC Program submitted monthly participant data to the CDC PedNSS data set. The CDC compiled the data into annual reports (see table below). The reports describe various indicators, such as racial, ethnic and age distributions, child growth, anemia, breastfeeding, television viewing, smoking in the household, and more.
*If you use these numbers or tables for publications be sure to document and reference CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance.
PRAMS is a surveillance system designed to identify and monitor behaviors and experiences of women before, during and after pregnancy. Information is collected by surveying a sample of women who have recently given birth. Some WIC clients are represented in the PRAMS dataset.
Administered prior to the pandemic, the 2019 WIC Participant Survey asked WIC clients a variety of questions ranging from food security to client satisfaction to shopping for WIC foods to learn more about the WIC experience.
National Data Resources
Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS)
The Colorado WIC Program doesn't participate in the CDC PNSS. You may access national PNSS information on the CDC's website.
The National WIC Association (NWA) has a platform called The WIC Hub, a tool for WIC staff, researchers, and advocates to navigate and explore the world of WIC on a national level that includes current WIC-related research and data from around the country.
The USDA provides national-level reports on WIC data, such as estimates of WIC eligibility and program reach, program characteristics, and national studies that include WIC participants.
The USDA provides information on breastfeeding promotion and support in WIC as well as national and state-level data on breastfeeding rates through the yearly WIC Breastfeeding Data Local Agency Reports.
JVA: Informing Outreach and Increasing Awareness of Nutrition Programs: Research Report and Communication Recommendations.