Pediatricians Think Locally in Improving Health Care for Children

Special edition of Pediatrics Supplement on the community access to child health (CATCH) program

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) began as a program funded by RWJF designed to encourage pediatricians to work locally to improve access to health care for children.

In 1989, RWJF began a six-year process to give the program a permanent institutional base within American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation's largest professional organization for pediatricians.

Key Results

  • AAP introduced the program to its members and recruiting local participants.

  • AAP assumed full operational responsibility for CATCH and expanded its activities.

  • AAP completed the process of assuming full financial responsibility for the program.

  • AAP held two national meetings focused on disseminating successful model programs, networking and training, and developing long-range goals.

Key Findings

  • An evaluation team at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health concluded that CATCH is an effective strategy for stimulating and enhancing community-based child health initiatives.

  • AAP published the results of the evaluation in a supplement to the June 1999 issue of the journal Pediatrics.