CATCH program engages, inspires chapter members
from the AAP Department of Community, Chapter and State Affairs
More than half of
chapter leaders would
like help with recruiting
and engaging members
member value, according to the 2012 Chapter Needs
Assessment. Mentoring residents and young physicians
also was a priority expressed in the needs assessment.
To this end, the Community Access to Child Health
(CATCH) program is an important tool for chapters.
Because all grantees are required to be chapter and
national members, CATCH can help demonstrate
the value of chapter membership. It also can help
grantees connect with their communities and serve
as mentors, advocates and chapter leaders.
and young physicians to get involved with
their communities on an issue they care
about. CATCH grants can be used to
address a wide range of topics such as obesity, early education, early intervention and
mental health as well as various populations, including
children with special needs, immigrant children, and
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents.
Grantees have reported that receiving a grant from
the Academy gives them greater standing within their
For many, CATCH may be the first way they
become involved in the Academy, and the CATCH
network provides them with many opportunities to
We can help you follow your interest
Chapters can encourage young pediatricians to use
CATCH to follow their passion.
CATCH grants (up to $3,000 for residents and
$12,000 for pediatricians) are an avenue for residents
You are not alone
CATCH can help residents and young members
feel connected. An important component of the program is the peer-to-peer mentoring that occurs from
the time of application through a project’s completion.
The program supports a network of 100 regional and
chapter-level pediatricians, called facilitators, and district and at-large resident liaisons who provide technical
assistance to applicants and grantees.
You can develop your leadership skills
A majority of grantees report working with their
chapter, and it is not uncommon for a grantee to go
on to become a chapter facilitator or hold another
chapter leadership position.
Natalie Muth, M.D., M.P.H.,
R.D., received a CATCH grant
when she was a resident. She then
applied to become a CATCH
national resident liaison and
recently completed her term. She
has transitioned to a chapter facilitator position.
“Now, as a young physician, I
Dr. Muth is one of the 423 residents and more than
1,000 pediatricians who have received CATCH grants.
Among those who responded to the 2011 CATCH
Follow-up Survey, 64% have increased their level of
involvement in community-based child health activities since receiving a CATCH grant, and 79% provide
guidance or advice to colleagues about community
Robert F. Anderson, M.D.,
FAAP, former District VI CATCH
facilitator, is another example of
how CATCH inspires leaders. He
has led multiple CATCH projects
and served on the Iowa Chapter
“Since 1994, CATCH has
shown me the path to better partner with my community to enhance children’s unmet health care needs,”
Dr. Anderson said. “The lessons learned from the stories and contacts during those 19 years have proved
invaluable for my professional development in the
pediatric community, local chapter and national. They
inspire and refresh when the days seem too long.”
• To find a CATCH resident project in your chapter, visit
www2.aap.org/commpeds/grantsdatabase/. AAP members can obtain contact information for grantees on MyAAP,
www.aap.org/moc (login required).
•For more information about CATCH, visit www2.