Five years ago, in 2013, we had been delivering VIP to kids and parents at one location in Manhattan, NYC H+H/Bellevue. Fast forward to today, and our previously small group has grown into a VIP Center of Excellence that is now supporting delivery of VIP at eight locations across three states! In the past year in particular, we brought VIP to 4 new locations in NYC: Children’s Aid Milbank Health Services in Harlem, NYC H+H/Gouverneur in the Lower East Side, NYC H+H/Elmhurst in Queens, and Sunset Park Family Health Center at NYU Langone 2nd Ave.
Not only that, but we have more exciting news in that in 2020 we plan to launch VIP at two more locations in New York City as well as in more locations in Pittsburgh! In NYC, we are thrilled be bringing VIP to NYC H+H/Queens in Jamaica, Queens, and Children’s Aid Bronx Health Services in the Bronx in the upcoming year – stay tuned for updates!
It has been an incredible journey to bring VIP to each of these locations in NYC. We have so much to be thankful for this year, and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to the pediatric providers, administrators, staff, and of course the patients at each of these sites, who continuously express how much they value VIP. We are thankful for our incredible team of VIP Coaches, supervisors, researchers, and Center of Excellence staff, all of whom we love working with every day. And finally, we are thankful for the funders who have made all of this possible. In NYC in particular, we are incredibly grateful to the Tiger Foundation, the Marks Family Foundation, the Stella & Charles Guttman Foundation, City’s First Readers (NYC City Council), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC City Council Members Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso, and Keith Powers, the NYU Langone Community Service Plan, Robin Hood, and NYC Health+Hospitals – all of whom are helping to support delivery of VIP in NYC.
Overall – we are thankful to be able to be doing what we love and to be bringing VIP to more and more kids and parents every day! Happy Thanksgiving!
The VIP Team