Community Access to Child Health Seeks Applications for Community Health Programs

Community Access to Child Health, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides support to pediatricians willing to collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services.

To that end, CATCH is accepting applications for three community health grant opportunities: the CATCH Planning and Implementation Grants program, the CATCH Resident Grants program, and the Catch Resident Obesity Grant Opportunity.

1) Planning and Implementation Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual pediatricians and fellowship trainees for the planning of innovative community-based child health initiatives that help ensure all children have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community. Priority is given to projects that serve communities with the greatest health disparities. Outreach must be to the community at large, not to practice or clinic patients only. All initiatives should incorporate screening for or connecting children to medical homes and available insurance programs. All pediatricians are eligible to apply regardless of employment setting or retirement status.

2) Resident Grants: Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to pediatric residents for the planning and/or implementation of community-based child health initiatives. Projects must include planning activities or demonstrate completed planning activities, and may include implementation activities.

3) Resident Obesity Grant Opportunity: The AAP Section on Obesity has partnered with CATCH in the funding of Resident Grants whose primary topic is overweight and obesity, nutrition, or physical activity. The mission of the section is to improve the health and well-being of children and families by reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity and through the promotion of healthy active living.

AAP will be hosting informational webinars for prospective applicants on December 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, information about previously funded projects, and application instructions, see the CATCH website.