Community Health Advocacy, CATCH & School Health Committee

The Committee on Community Health Advocacy/CATCH/School Health strives to promote the practice of community pediatrics by encouraging and supporting Texas pediatricians in community-based efforts that include but are not limited to: 

  1. identifying children’s health needs at the community level;
  2. advocating for children’s health at the community level, including advocacy for access to care and access to a medical home for every child; 
  3. promoting children’s health through school health initiatives and school policies; and
  4. collaborating with others in the community interested in children’s health, including those involved in child care, injury prevention, and other areas affecting children’s health.

Community Health Advocacy

Immigrant Health Advocacy:
AAP Advocacy Website:
TPS Advocacy Webpage:

CATCH Grants

CATCH Grant Information:
CATCH Grant Application: 
Visiting Rome Professorship Grant: (the next cycle will open in the spring 2021)

School Health

Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention (Updated 3/19/21):
CDC Coronavirus Toolkit for Schools:
AAP COVID-19 Planning Considerations for Schools:
TEA COVID-19 Guidelines:
Benefits of School-Based Physical Activity Infographic - The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition recommends school-aged children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years get 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous activity every day.

Other Suggested Links:
National Institute of Mental Health Resources in English and Spanish: NIMH offers basic information on mental disorders and related topics in Spanish for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Printed materials can be ordered free of charge and are available in bulk quantities for distribution at clinics, schools, and community events. Topics include:
Children and Mental Health: Is It Just a Stage?
Los niños y la salud mental: ¿Es sólo una etapa?

Depression: Basic Information 
Depresión: Información Básica

Depression in adolescence
La depresión en la adolescencia

La esquizofrenia

Eating disorders: A problem that goes beyond food
Los trastornos de la alimentación: Un problema que va más allá de la comida

Chronic Illness and Mental Health: Recognizing and Treating Depression
Las enfermedades crónicas y la salud mental: Cómo reconocer y tratar la depresión 

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AAP Advocacy Training Modules:

AAP  State and Federal Advocacy Links: (requires AAP login) (requires AAP login)

Health Care Reform Implementation Resources
Texas Health Reform Checklist (Center for Public Policy Priorities):
State Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AAP State Government Affairs): (requires AAP login)
Kaiser Family Foundation:

Public Charge Webinar
On 10/22, TPS hosted a public charge webinar to inform pediatricians about how best to messsage to their patients based on the latest information we have on the rule. To view slides, handouts and a recording visit: