Healthy Families…Healthy Babies Initiative

Healthy Families…Healthy Babies Initiative operating on the island of St. Thomas is the Virgin Island’s own Healthy Start Program. Adopted from the national model to involve community to create solutions to the high incidence of infant mortality, HFHBI incorporates outreach and client recruitment and case management/care coordination and facilitating services to link low income uninsured pregnant women and their families to medical and social services. Partnering with the Department of Health Prenatal Clinics and St. Thomas East End Medical Center, the Family Outreach Educators and Family Care Managers work with clients to ensure they get the services they need as identified on their individual Family Service Plan created in conjunction with the HFHBI clients.

The primary goal of HFHBI is to reduce the number of pre-terms occurring in the Virgin Islands by successfully completing the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: To establish outreach and case management services to assist high risk pregnant women and their families access a responsive Perinatal system of care.
  • Objective 2: To determine the common clinical indicators leading to preterm births.
  • Objective 3: To establish a fatherhood initiative to support the fathers in the Perinatal system of care.