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Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County

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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

27 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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I spent almost 3 years working at MCHC as a Medical Language Interpreter. It was a most rewarding experience. I wouldn't trade that period of my life for anything else. Children and families served at MCHC come from different cultures and walks of life and come to depend on MCHC to bridge, not only language barriers (as was my role), but many other factors the consortium provides as a coordinated system. On my interpreting role, I worked hand i hand with doctors, nurses, therapists and schools. I had the joy to watch children fight and conquer a higher level of development, which otherwise may have been unattainable. We went wherever it was necessary: doctor's offices, homes, schools, hospitals... INteracting with MCHC capable and dedicated staff was a true joy.

Advisor

Rating: 5

MCHC has served Chester County's women and children for 20 years. It was led by Pam Bryer, an excellent leader and fund raiser for those 20 years, and is now entering a new era with a brand new CEO. MCHC makes excellent use of its donors contributions with staff who are efficient, bilingual and so very dedicated to their clients. Let's honor Pam with this award.

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As the Marketing Manager for Scott Honda, over the last 4 years I have had the honor and privilege of donating and delivering over 600 winter jackets for preschool and elementary aged children. The amazing women who run the MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CONSORTIUM are the best. They are polite, organized and always very grateful for our donations and we know they are making sure the coats are going to children that really need them. Keep up the great work!

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.

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.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Frances S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.