About Us

VIPI at a Glance

The Virgin Islands Perinatal Incorporated is a community based, community driven organization whose aim is to assist low income uninsured women and their families access primary care services. Incorporated in May 2003, VIPI initiated and developed a community collaborative focusing on improved infant, maternal and family health outcomes incorporating a comprehensive social, educational and health service integration approach. Using outreach, case management, health education and facilitating services, such as Spanish medical translation, transportation, pharmacy vouchers, VIPI links clients to primary care service providers that include the two federally funded community health centers and the Virgin Islands Department of Health clinics. With a staff of 12, it operates two local initiatives, one on the island of St. Croix, the "Promoting Healthy Families Initiative" and the "Healthy Families…Healthy Babies Initiative" on St. Thomas.

VIPI´s eleven-member (11) Board of Directors has been instrumental in adopting the management and fiscal policies which provides the corporate structure for VIPI´s work. Since its inception, VIPI has received and managed over $5,600,000 in both federal and local government grants as well as foundation grants. VIPI is seen as a "facilitating" organization in partnership with consumers, providers (practitioners) and other community organizations. VIPI has been instrumental in re-establishing the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee in the U.S. Virgin Islands; offering training to social service providers to heighten their sensitivity and awareness about the needs of fathers; promoting prevention and wellness for families hosting nutritional classes using local foods; as well as providing leadership in shaping a responsive health care system in collaboration with the two federally funded health care centers operating in the U.S. Virgin Islands, namely: Frederiksted Health Care Center and the St. Thomas East End Medical Center, the Department of Health clinics and the local public hospital, Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Center.