About the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County
In 1991, MCHC was created to ensure that all pregnant and parenting women in Chester County have access to high-quality health care regardless of race, language, insurance status, or immigration status.
In 1995, our dedicated staff began to provide home visiting to disadvantaged pregnant women. Two years later, funding through the federal Healthy Start program allowed us to expand our reach and reduce disparities in birth outcomes for African-American and Hispanic infants in our community. It has also linked MCHC to over 100 Healthy Start programs around the country, enabling us to learn “best practices” in outreach, home visiting, and delivery of maternal and child health services.
Since that time, MCHC has become a leading voice for Chester County’s women, children, and families, and has expanded our services to meet emerging needs. Today, MCHC has an operating budget of over $2.5 million through public and private partnerships and strong community support.
MCHC’s mission is to improve maternal and child health through the collaborative efforts of individuals, providers, and policy makers. Through a growing body of research and our own experiences, we know that accomplishing our mission requires us to focus on a child’s earliest years, including the prenatal period. Working with both mothers and children in these critical early years sets up the entire family for good health and establishes a strong foundation for learning. Yet, many Chester County families who are struggling merely to make ends meet and to provide the basic essentials are not able to focus on their child’s health and development. Our core programs reach families who are facing such hardships at a critical time in their children’s lives, removing the barriers that stand in the way of their child’s health and success.
Explore our web site to learn more about our critical work and how you can get involved!