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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member for MCHC because I have seen first hand the difference it makes to the community we serve. The organization is highly attuned to the clients it serves and is very deliberate in knowing where they can make the most difference with the funding they have. It is a very warm, passionate and caring organization. As a mother of three, I really appreciate their goal of 'start healthy, stay healthy, and succeed in school which is what every mother wants for her child.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Maternal and Child Health Consortium is a top-notch, well-organized, and well-respected non-profit in the Chester County Community. It has given expecting mothers and their families hope, support, education, and resources with the goal of providing these babies with a safe and healthy start to life. I joined the Board because I believe in the organization's mission and have seen widespread results. I am proud to be a member of this amazing group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for many years and am proud to be a part of it. The health information and services to chester county women and children is outstanding and the board and staff are
dedicated to our mission to provide every baby with a healthy start. Anyone who can find the time to work with this organization and/or support their work will find it incredibly rewarding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a newly-appointed board member, I am honored and thrilled to be a part of Maternal and Child Health Consortium's (MCHC) mission. MCHC has had and continues to have a tremendous impact on women and children in Chester County. The prenatal care and services MCHC provides to its participants ensures that the innocent babies born are given the healthy start and chance they deserve.