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MCHC’s mission is to advocate for and empower prenatal and parenting families to achieve healthy beginnings and a bright future through a caring culture of service.
Addressing maternal and child health disparities is one of the most significant and challenging issues of the day. Compared to every other developed country, the United States fares the worst in maternal and child morbidity and mortality. While county-level data positions Chester County as one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, there are communities with a poverty rate 2-3x greater than the county rate and families are struggling to access basic health care.
Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) was created in 1991 by a group of local volunteers and stakeholders on the belief that everyone should have access to high-quality health care regardless of race, ethnicity, language, insurance status, or immigration status. In 1995, we started providing prenatal case management for low-income pregnant and parenting people and their children who seek support. In 1997, with funding from the federal Healthy Start program, MCHC became one of 100 Healthy Start programs in the country and we expanded to reach more at-risk individuals, specifically Latinx/Hispanic and Black/African American families. MCHC’s Family Benefits Program was soon introduced to provide uninsured/under-insured families with bilingual, bicultural assistance with accessing state subsidized health insurance programs and then in 2010 expanded to include enrollment in food benefits. In 2006, MCHC launched the Family Center Program to address a gap in school readiness among low-income families with children in southern Chester County.
MCHC serves upwards of 5,000 individuals every year and has risen as a leading service provider in the Chester County social safety net, with our work having been cited in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Today, MCHC has an operating budget of over $1.8 million through public and private partnerships and strong community support.
West Chester – main office
30 West Barnard Street Suite 1
West Chester, PA 19382
Southern Chester County – The Family Center
385 Starr Road Suite 204
Landenberg, PA 19350
1001 East Lincoln Highway Suite 104
Coatesville, PA 19320