Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)

CATCH is a national program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) designed to improve access to health care through community-based efforts. The program began in 1991 and receives funding from a variety of sources.

The mission of CATCH is to support pediatricians who work with communities to ensure that all children have medical homes and access to other needed health care services. To achieve this goal, the CATCH Program provides pediatricians with training, technical assistance, peer support, networking opportunities, and funding opportunities for project development.

To see a list of programs implemented in Texas through CATCH grants from 1993 - 2010, please click here. To search the AAP's grant database directly, you can go to:  AAP members can obtain contact information for the grantees via the AAP database by logging in through the AAP Member Center (instructions provided at the link above).



The Academy is accepting submissions for its 19th annual Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning Funds and Resident Funds grants.

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to pediatricians to plan innovative community-based child health initiatives that will ensure all children, especially underserved children, have medical homes and access to specific health services not otherwise available.

This Planning Funds and Resident Funds grant cycle also includes calls for projects that focus on American Indian/Alaska Native children and projects to improve access to immunizations for children who are most likely to experience barriers.

Grants of up to $3,000 also will be awarded on a competitive basis for residents to plan or implement community-based child health initiatives. Resident projects must include planning activities or demonstrate completed planning activities, and may include implementation activities. To ensure project completion, residents who are in their 1st or 2nd year of residency on the application submission due date are eligible to apply; 3rd-year residents may apply if they will be chief resident in their 4th year. PGY-3 residents are eligible to apply as co-applicants.

Information on implementation grants for pediatricians is available at  and residents can find more details at Applications must be submitted online, and are due July 31, 2012, 2:00 pm CDT.

Texas has 2 co-facilitators who are happy to answer questions and provide assistance in the application process:  Contact Dr. Carl Tapia ( or Dr. LeAnn Kridelbaugh (  Do not hesitate to contact them if you are interested in learning more or would like to discuss a project idea.  For resident grants, contact the AAP District VII Resident CATCH Liaison, Dr. Alejandro Diego (