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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

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

Programs: Family benefits - mchc coordinates a countywide health insurance enrollment initiative for women, children and families which includes community outreach and education about subsidized health insurance, enrollment assistance into medicaid and chip (children's health insurance program), and advocacy to improve access to health insurance. The program expands throughout the delaware valley with funding from the u. S. Department of health and human services, center for medicare and medicaid.

healthy start - part of a national effort in 100 communities, improves birth outcomes for at-risk, low-income pregnant women. Healthy start's bilingual, bicultural family health advocates provide an array of evidence-informed outreach and support services including countywide prenatal and postpartum home visiting, case management, depression screening, health education, health insurance enrollment, medical interpreting, and transportation linkages. There are five community based offices in chester county located in oxford, kennett square, west chester, coatesville and phoenixville. In addition, mchc provides prenatal and parenting classes in english and in spanish including comenzando bien (healthy beginning), a curriculum developed by the march of dimes and the national alliance for hispanic health. The goal of the program is to provide the culturally and linguistically tailored prenatal and parenting education that women of color have been denied because of language, financial, and other barriers.

family center - the family center in kennett square helps families in southern chester county with young children between the ages of two and five years with early childhood development and school readiness. The program uses the nationally-recognized, evidence-based "parents as teachers" (pat) program, which includes personal in-home visits, parent support groups, resource referrals, health insurance enrollment, child development, and parenting education.

[1] training, education and other services provide spanish language interpreter trainings to other local health and human services organizations with the goal of enabling them to provide high quality, culturally competent services to clients with limited english proficiency. Mchc offers cultural competency trainings for providers to increase access to health services and to increase understanding on issues such as african american women's health and latino cultural beliefs and values. Mchc provides prenatal and parenting classes in english and spanish, including comenzando bien (healthy beginning), the county's only spanish prenatal education classes.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am a volunteer of Maternal and Child Health Consortium and have assisted with various projects including delivering donations to families in need and assisting with various community events held at the Family Center. It is clear that MCHC takes pride in the services they provide and strives to ensure all children in Chester County have the opportunity to be healthy and happy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with the MCHC for a little while now and it's been a pleasure working with them. They have such a positive work environment that makes it a pleasure to be there. It's easy to tell that all of them are genuinely dedicated to helping their clients. I think more people should know about this organization and it's definitely important to spread the word! If you're looking for a non-profit to volunteer at this is the place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a quality volunteer experience in the area of West Chester where i am a student of West Chester University of PA and I found the best experience here. The staff here is so welcoming and ready to help all of their clients as soon as they can. There is never any hesitation when a job needs to get done or a goal needs to be met. When I started volunteering here I was not sure what to expect but it has been a great experience thus far. The staff is extremely helpful and never leads me in the wrong direction. I feel like I am a vital part of the team every time I walk through the doors and I appreciate coming here once a week to help in something as great as the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County. It is so great that it is not even a school requirement and I still continue to volunteer my time to this great nonprofit organization. Great place! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with MCHC at the Coatesville Healthy Start program. I have been impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication of the women who work there. Their work with expectant mother and new mothers gives these women a sense of stability as they go through major life changes. I have also been impressed with the level of compassion they show the women and their families. Healthy Sart collaborates well with other social service providers in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of this nonprofit is amazing! All the programs they offer in Chester County really help those women and families who need the help!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Sandra B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Yvette G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at MCHC is, like any worthwhile non-profit, of the "roll up their sleeves and get it done!" variety. They work tirelessly for the women, children and families they support, helping underserved children in Chester County get a better start in life.