AAP CATCH™ Grants

​AAP CATCH™ Grants


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program supports pediatricians in developing and implementing a community-based child health initiative. Grants of up to $12,000 are awarded each year to pediatricians who want to initiate and develop a pilot project that addresses the local needs of children in the community. The Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence helps support CATCH projects that address eliminating children's exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Read about deadlines for CATCH proposal submissions.

Please note that the application deadline has passed. Future application cycle information will be posted as it becomes available. Visit the CATCH Web site for more information.

2013 Awardees

Environmental Smoke Reductio​​n in Sheltered Homeless: Terrell Stevenson, MD; Palo Alto, CA

Smoking prevalence among the homeless is approximately three times the national average. This project seeks to reduce secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure to children living in local homeless shelters through a multi-component program to assess concerns about exposure and barriers to smoking cessation; develop and implement an educational session for families about SHS; link families to clinical and community-based prevention services; and, identify opportunities to modify the built environment and exposure to SHS at the shelters


Reducing Secondhand Smoke in Norfolk Public Housing: Heidi Flatin, MD, FAAP ; Norfolk, VA
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will fully enforce a smoking policy in July 2014. To complement the creation of the smoking policy, this project will provide community-based smoking cessation programs in five geographic focus areas (the entire public housing population in Norfolk). The program will be evaluated using process data as well as pre/post evaluation of the smoking cessation program.

2012 Awardees

Kids Living Smoke-Free in the Bronx: Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH; New York, NY
For pediatricians in the South Bronx, secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is an important issue due to the high smoking rates, the large percentage of children living in multi-unit housing, and the morbidity from respiratory diseases. This project involves distribution of resources to families about tobacco cessation and reducing SHS exposure; administration of a parent survey to assess knowledge and attitudes towards SHS exposure in multi-unit housing; and participation in advocacy efforts with the local smoke-free coalition.

2010 Awardees

CEASE Adaptation for Rural Community Practice: Sarah Bosslet, MD, FAAP; Lebanon, IN
This project is implementing the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program into a rural community practice through incorporation of questionnaires into electronic medical records systems, and utilizing cessation strategies and referrals when appropriate. Successful incorporation of this program into office practice will allow the practice to be a model for other local practices interested in addressing secondhand smoke exposure within a rural setting.

Don't Choke on Smoke: J. Bryan Wohlwend, MD, FAAP; Hutchinson, KS
This project aims to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke by providing families with smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction counseling and services. A comprehensive toolkit containing an instructional video addressing the risks of secondhand smoke, screening and counseling techniques, quitline referral forms, and community resources will be created. These toolkits, as well as technical assistance and trainings, will be offered to primary care clinics and other partnerships throughout Reno County, Kansas.

2009 Awardee

Smoking Cessation for At-Risk Children: Kevin Nelson, MD, PhD, FAAP; Salt Lake City, UT
This grant assessed the needs for and barriers to access to smoking cessation resources for children and families cared for at low-income, underserved clinics and provided a sustainable intervention program to empower pediatricians as key players in improving access to smoking cessation resources. Drs. Nelson and Clarisa Garcia, formed Pediatricians Against Secondhand Smoke (PASS) to empower pediatricians to support tobacco cessation efforts by smoking parents, specifically in the minority ethnic and lower socioeconomic populations in Utah.

2008 Awardees

Bitterroot Brakes on Secondhand Smoking: Blaise E. Favara, MD, FAAP; Ravalli County, MT
This was a comprehensive county-wide public awareness project to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke. Components of the program included testing of children for cotinine, community education by media designed by high school students, and smoking cessation for parents that incorporated motivational interviewing techniques.

Kentucky Asthma and Smoking Cessation Program (KASCP): Don Hayes, Jr., MD, FAAP; Lexington, ​KY
This project developed a community-based educational program that targeted tobacco smoking exposure for asthmatic children. Patient recruitment included identification of high risk children through local health care personnel. The program occurred in four strategic areas in Kentucky where poverty is high, and children are either underinsured or receive Medicaid or KCHIP.

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