Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) supports pediatricians in their efforts to collaborate within their communities to advance the health of all children.

“This experience was truly a professional game changer for me; I learned so much about leadership and becoming engaged in the community.”





What is the AAP CATCH Program?

The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program is a flagship initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For 30 years, the program has supported pediatricians and residents to collaborate within their communities to advance the health of all children, especially the most vulnerable children.

Through an annual competitive process, CATCH awards seed funding for planning and implementation grants to pediatricians; fellows/fellowship trainees receive $10,000 for planning or implementation projects, while residents are awarded $2,000.

CATCH is supported by a network of volunteer pediatricians who provide technical assistance to those seeking funding as well as support once a project has started. Chapter CATCH Facilitators and District Resident Liaisons serve as our “boots on the ground” in the 10 AAP districts and represent their local chapter.

The AAP CATCH program has funded nearly 1200 pediatricians (fellows and fellowship trainees) and 700 pediatric trainees, creating positive change for children, including child health improvements, increased access to care, and innovative strategies to address child health disparities. AAP CATCH grant recipients indicate many professional rewards from their involvement: new skills for community advocacy; mentorship; leadership opportunities; and impacts on their career trajectories.

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Show your support for the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. Your gift to CATCH provides more opportunities for pediatricians to meaningfully engage with communities to improve child health.

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Extend the impact to support pediatrician-lead, community-centered programs.

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Our Supporters

The AAP CATCH Program is made possible through the support of Roots & Wings Foundation with additional support from various AAP Sections and Councils and donations to the AAP Friends of Children Fund.

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