WEST CHESTER (September 18) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently received the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County’s (MCHCCC) 2014 Community Leadership Award at the organization’s annual luncheon at Chester Valley Golf Club.

In accepting the award, Dinniman discussed the importance of all children having access to proper nutrition, health care and educational opportunities from an early age.

Pictured (from left to right) Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, MCHC’s Director of Family Center and Community Relations; Senator Dinniman; and Alain Oliver, MCHC Executive Director.

Pictured (from left to right) Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, MCHC’s Director of Family Center and Community Relations; Senator Dinniman; and Alain Oliver, MCHC Executive Director.

“When we assist in a child’s early development – be it through nutrition, medical services or education – we are acting in the best interest of our community because we are putting that child on the right track to being a strong and productive member of the community,” Dinniman said. “If we do not support these services and nurture these children early on, we are going to pay for it down in the road.”

Dinniman, who remains a strong and consistent supporter of MCHCCC, praised the organization’s staff and volunteers for their ongoing efforts in support of mothers and their children.

“I should be giving you an award,” he said to members of the organization.

In addition, Dinniman recognized Joan Holliday, who received MCHCCC’s Community Service Award for her decades of service as a nurse with the Chester County Health Department.

“If anyone exemplified the community nurse, it’s Joan Holliday,” he said, upon presenting her with a special Senate citation in recognition of her work.

Founded in 1991, the MCHCCC has grown to meet the needs of an emerging population of pregnant women, mothers and children in Chester County. The organization continues to work to ensure that all pregnant and parenting women have access to high-quality health care. It also works to improve maternal and child health through the collaborative efforts of individuals, providers and policy makers. Each year, MCHCCC provides vital services to thousands of mothers and children in our region.

 

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