MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CONSORTIUM OF CHESTER COUNTY
March 30, 2011
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!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
... employing a former client of theirs who is a tremendous success story - as a mom and as a community leader.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them the resources to expand their staff so that they can reach even more women than they already do.
Donor & I learned how they conducted an outside objective evaluation of their program's results, and were able to show that they significantly improved birthweights and access to prenatal care for their clients - most of whom are poor women of color. We need pro.