Community Action Initiative

The Virgin Islands Perinatal Incorporated (VIPI) was awarded a one-year grant from the Ford Foundation in July 2006 and launched its "Community Action Initiative" (CAI). VIPI’s goal was to broaden the community’s understanding of their health issues relative to the tenets of human rights and social justice. This was the second Ford Foundation grant awarded to VIPI. The first grant in 2003 helped VIPI to launch the Women of Color Living in the Virgin Islands: Path to Health Justice Initiative (WOC.VI).

The Community Action Initiative was the next logical step building on the WOC.VI work started in 2003. CAI was structured to recognize and address the interconnecting issues impacting women, their families and the community. CAI’s approach incorporated the community organizing process for a concerted effort to involve all participants in the training and community education activities using the human rights agenda to frame the solutions.

CAI was designed to "cast a wide net" in the broader community making training resources available along with community education. There were four components of the initiative that included:

  • Conducting Community Organization and Activisim Workshops.
  • Sponsoring Human Rights Mini-Conference.
  • Exploring Data as a tool for policy development.
  • Launching Spirit In Action’s "Circles of Change" Workshops.

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