Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) held its Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show on May 4, 2013 at Milestone Events in West Chester. The event was once again a success, raising more than $35,000 for their programs and services. For more than 17 years, MCHC has provided home visiting services to thousands of low-income pregnant women and new mothers, helping them obtain the support they need to have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries. MCHC’s staff (most of whom are bilingual) work throughout Chester County to ensure that all children in our community have the opportunity to start healthy, stay healthy and succeed in school. The annual Mother’s Day Tea is an important part of this effort each year, raising funds for MCHC’s programs and awareness of MCHC’s positive impact on family health.
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MCHC thanks all of the generous event sponsors:
Jasmine Sponsors – Jane MacElree, Jennifer and Robert McNeil, and Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran
Oolong Sponsors – Mary Lou Adams Sterge and QVC, Inc.
Jade Sponsors – Therese Bentley and Blue Dog Printing & Design
Chai Sponsors – Anago of Philadelphia, Inc.; Brandywine Health Foundation; Dansko; MacElree Harvey, Ltd.; and Pennsylvania Trust
Community Sponsors – Franny and Franny Abott; Beneficial Bank, Countryside Consulting; CoventryCares from Health America; Tonya DiGiuseppe in Honor of Moms Diane Preiser and Nancy Ottinger; Gawthrop Greenwood, LLP; Kunkle & Sennett; Revak Consulting, LLC; Carol Ware; WCU Undergraduate Social Work Department in recognition of the Community Voices Project; and Willig, Williams & Davidson
The participating boutiques – Artifact, Butterflies & Blossoms, Dansko, Jane Chalfant, Joya, Kaly, and Ruby Slippers – and wonderful models added to the day’s fun, as did the beautiful teapot cakes that have become a signature of the event.
Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) is a non-profit organization that has worked for more than 17 years to help pregnant and parenting women in Chester County access the health insurance, health care, health education, emotional support, and community resources they need to ensure that their children have the opportunity to start healthy, stay healthy, and succeed in school. Many families in our county face numerous barriers to raising healthy, successful children, such as language barriers, lack of transportation, low income, and lack of health coverage and healthy food. MCHC works to help families overcome these roadblocks and access the education and services they need to ensure that their children thrive.
MCHC’s programs include : 1) Healthy Start: MCHC is the only organization in Chester County using community bilingual and bicultural outreach workers (Family Health Advocates) to reach prenatal and postpartum women through home visiting, case management, health education and resource linkages; 2) Kennett Square Family Center: Serving mainly Hispanic families in southern Chester County with children up to five years old, providing early learning skills and developmental screenings to children not enrolled in other preschool programs; and 3) Family Benefits Program: MCHC provides outreach and enrollment assistance to eligible uninsured and/or food-insecure families to link them to state-subsidized health insurance (Medicaid and CHIP) and food programs such as WIC and SNAP (food stamps). MCHC’s bilingual staff are trained to access the benefits for which families may be eligible and assist them with completing applications.
MCHC is one of a limited number of organizations statewide to receive the “Standards for Excellence” certification from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). This represents an intensive, independent review and assessment of our financial, program, board governance, and human resource policies and procedures. MCHC was awarded a Glaxo SmithKline IMPACT award in 2010 in recognition of our effectiveness in increasing access to health care for women and their families. We are the only organization to receive this prestigious award three times.