Many pediatricians and pediatric residents have benefited from grant funding obtained through AAP’s Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. Through an annual competitive process, pediatricians can receive up to $10,000 and pediatric residents up to $2,000 in funding for planning or implementing community projects that improve the health of children, especially those who are underserved.
In Minnesota, nine applications have been approved for CATCH grant funding since 2011 for projects involving mental health, school health, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, and other topics. We’re looking for an individual with community pediatric experience who wants to help other pediatricians address local challenges through community partnerships. Those interested in applying to serve as Minnesota’s Chapter CATCH Facilitator (CCF) or have questions about the process can consult with Minnesota’s CCF: Dr. Brian Lynch.
After several years of dedicated service, Dr. Brian Lynch is ready to pass the torch on to another pediatrician willing to serve as Chapter CATCH Facilitator. Responsibilities include reviewing and scoring CATCH grant applications at the national level as well as providing feedback to Minnesota pediatricians on what they can do to enhance their ideas or applications. Training is provided. The term length is three years and is renewable.
If you’re interested in helping fellow pediatricians obtain funding to support community-based programs, please email Lynch.Brian@mayo.edu for more information.