Special Projects

We never take a break from improving health in Delaware County. That’s why we’ve introduced several special projects to enhance the gold standard programs we’re already offering. When it became clear that the many other issues our Healthy Start clients face were also impacting their health and the health of their babies, we arranged for the services of lawyers from Delaware Law School’s Medical-Legal Partnership. And when the many needs – not just health needs – of our Hispanic neighbors left them with nowhere to turn, we introduced El Centro (a Hispanic resource center), a health resource center, and a college prep program for students in Chester called Blueprints..

Read more about these special programs and how you can get involved – even if you have a busy schedule.

Healthy Start’s Medical-Legal Partnership

This unique partnership between Healthy Start and Widener University School of Law was first established in the fall of 2010. The Chester-area Healthy Start program is one of only three Healthy Start programs nationally to receive funding to increase family advocacy through the development of a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP).  Read more»



El Centro de Recursos Hispanos – Center for Hispanic Resources

El Centro was developed in response to the largely unmet needs of Spanish-speaking individuals in the Chester community. Its mission is to help local Hispanic residents learn about and obtain community resources. It is a one-stop-shop that connects participants and other individuals with a wide range of services.  Read more»  |  En Español»



Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR)

Healthy Start, in collaboration with the Delaware County Child Death Review Team, is currently conducting an Institutional Review Board-approved PPOR project at the county level. The purpose of the PPOR project is to collect data and review fetal and infant deaths to better understand why infants are dying during certain periods of risk.  Read more»



Health Resource Center Program

When students in the Chester Upland School District need counseling about how to have a healthy relationship and avoid risky behavior, they have a place to go. Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation’s Health Resource Center is located at Chester High School and STEM Academy in the Chester Upland School District.  Read more»



Cribs for Kids

Cribs for Kids® is a safe-sleep education program for low-income moms that helps reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. Women and Children’s Services (WCS) became a Cribs for Kids partner in 2006, and for the last 10 years has been educating families about how to keep their infants safe and providing safe cribs to those most in need in Delaware County.   Read more»


Stork’s Nest

Stork’s Nest is a 40-year collaborative project of the March of Dimes Foundations and the Zeta, Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and is offered through the sorority’s Chester chapter, Rho Chi Zeta. Stork’s Nest is focused on increasing the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths.   Read more»