MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CONSORTIUM OF CHESTER COUNTY

Rating: 4.93 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Health, Reproductive Rights

Location: 30 W. Barnard Street Suite 1 West Chester PA 19382 USA

Mission: MCHC was created to ensure that all children in Chester County, PA have the opportunity to start healthy, stay healthy and succeed in school. Our flagship program, Healthy Start, works with low-income pregnant and parenting women to help them access the health care, health insurance, and health education they need. Healthy Start offers home visiting to participants and also has five sites countywide. MCHC's Kennett Square Family Center works with families in southern Chester County with children 0-5 to help prepare them with the developmental screening and skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten.
Target demographics: Low-income families across Chester County, PA.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with MCHC through the family center in Kennett. The people who work there are all very dedicated to making a difference in the lifes of the families they serve. They have helped families lead healthier lives both physically and emotionally and their commitment to top quality education for the children they serve is commendable.

While I haven't taken part in many of the other projects MCHC runs, I have seen and heard about many of the incredible results and am very impressed with the wide reaching impact they have had.

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witnessing the difference they have made in many lives.

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find a way to publicize them more to the donating public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with MCHC for over a year now and I am really proud to be a volunteer at their Family Center at Kennett Square. The caring and hard-working staff is really making a positive impact in every single family that walks through their doors.
MCHC is a wonderful organization.

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while been volunteer at activities held for families in the community

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i would not make any changes...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member for 3 years. I am an OB/GYN nurse practitioner & have seen firsthand how important it is for women of childbearing age & their families to have invaluable support, both medically & psychosocially, during a childbearing experience. MCHC provides outstanding care for such families in Chester County. Their work is aboslutely vital to the communities they serve. One only has to look at the statistics about the birth weights of the infants born to the women who have participated in MCHC's programs to know that their efforts DO indeed work. The services MCHC provides families after their babies are born, such as the Family Center, directly support their mission of children starting healthy, staying healthy and succeeding in school. The staff is very dedicated to the community, working diligently to ensure the participants have the best outcomes possible.

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As a nurse practitioner, I have provided gynecologic medical care for women who have participated in MCHC's programs, usually well after they had their babies. The women I saw reported healthy pregnancies with no complications, and their babies were born at normal weights.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide ways for MCHC to have more recognition for all the hard work they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been committed to the empowerment of women and children for my whole professional career. When I relocated to Chester County I learned of MCHC and the fabulous work they do in the community to serve this population. Now that I am on the Board, I can say that I have rarely encountered such a dedicated group of professional staff, volunteers and board members who really care about the mission of the organization. MCHC makes a real and demonstrated difference in the quality of life and health of those we serve.

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the dedication of the staff and volunteers. The board regularly receives reports on the outcomes of the services, which are excellant. I have done site visits and seen first hand the difference MCHC makes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more members of tthe community to become involved!

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Rating: 5 stars  

MCHC is an incrediably effective non profit that is filled with employees who effortlessly serve our community day in and out. I have been on the board for 6 years and I continue to be thoroughly amazed at the passion the employees have for the mission of this wonderful organization. MCHC provides health care for woman and children who are without these critially important services. Our Healthy Start Program continues to be a tremendous success. When I think about the amazing work this organization does to provide health services to our most crucial group of humans, hence children, it makes me very proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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I have not personally received the services of the organization, however as a volunteer board member I have received testimonials from numerous people who have received these services. Many time they cry because they say they would have never been able to get through their pregnancy and early years of their childs life without the serivces of MCHC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more funding readily available to continue their wonderful services

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of assisting families to secure their child's safety seats into the family vehicle. The child safety seats are donated to each family by MCHC. I am a Child Passenger Safety Technician and I always educate the parents or caregivers on the correct use of the child safety seat before assisting with the installation and I witness how the MCHC Staff is always professional but with true dedication, care and compassion, they deal with each family individually according to that families needs. I am truly in awe of the staff and the services they provide to the community.

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that I have witnessed the gratitude and satisfaction from the families after their dealings with MCHC.

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employee more people to be able to provide services to a larger portion of the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of working closely with MCHC for almost three years. I have witnessed the dedicated and talented staff work tirelessly to improve the lives of women and children in Chester County. In these times when the need is so great, I am heartened that an organization the caliber of MCHC is at work in my community.

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In visiting the Healthy Start sites and the Family Center, I have personally seen how MCHC’s services truly change the lives of women and children served.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional funding to MCHC in order to further support the organization's outstanding services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's been over 15 years since I first encountered the Maternal and Child Health Consortium when Pam Bryer launched the organization and brought the "promotoras" model to Chester County - an affluent community with significant pockets of poverty, particularly for women of color. As the leader of another non-profit health provider and now a funder, I've watched Pam and her expanding crew of volunteers and staff tackle some of the most significant health and social problems facing poor women in our country - poor access to prenatal care, language barriers in health care, often missed postpartum depression, and the lack of health insurance. They stay with the tough old issues, but also are always on top of emerging issues in the field. As a funder, I value that they regularly keep us informed, that they never rest on their laurels, and that they exhibit compassion with the businesslike savvy that has kept them alive and growing for 20 years - despite the tough economy. They are one of the top quality, most effective non-profit organizations in the tri-state region around and including Philadelphia - and definitely one of the best women's organizations!

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... employing a former client of theirs who is a tremendous success story - as a mom and as a community leader.

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Give them the resources to expand their staff so that they can reach even more women than they already do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with MCHC for many years, both as a funder and as a volunteer. I am constantly impressed by the work MCHC does, the level of commitment the entire organization has to the MCHC cause and Just how often I see people at MCHC going the extra mile to make sure their mission is accomplished. The Family Center in Kennet is exceptional and is serving a huge need both in identifying children who may show some developmental delays and connecting families to each other for additional support. I am always happy to help where ever I can to support MCHC.

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I have seen the great work The Family Center in Kennet does and have worked on fund raising for MCHC

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I don't have a change I would want to make

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with MCHC for many years and have conducted several site visits, speaking with staff about their work. I have been most impressed by their passion and commitment to their work. They assist pregnant women and young familities to get the services and help they need to raise healthy infants and children. What could be more meaningful than that? Helping these young children early in life provides a strong foundation for their future lives and productivity. Strong and healthy families result in strong and healthy communities.

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I have listened to staff dexcribe their interventions with Latina women to help them navigate our system of services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding to broaden population served.

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