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CATCH

Technical Assistance

The CATCH Program is based on the concept that local child health problems can be solved locally, often using local resources. Pediatricians frequently are in a position to assist their communities in addressing such issues. To that end, the CATCH Program provides training and technical assistance (TA) in the key skills necessary to develop and implement a community-based child health initiative, including needs assessment, community asset mapping, developing resources, motivating colleagues and community, coalition building, and program evaluation.

In addition to the training and technical assistance available through CATCH Program Staff, each AAP Chapter in the United States has designated at least one member to serve as a Chapter Facilitator. These individuals support community-based programs at the local level by providing their fellow pediatricians with guidance and encouragement.

CATCH ISSUE BRIEFS
To strengthen the program, better understand the experience of grantees and provide additional support and guidance to future applicants and grantees, the CATCH program reviewed application and final report materials from eighteen 2003-2004 Implementation Grant recipients. Three issue briefs were developed from this review.

TOOLS
A Pediatrician's Guide to Proposal Writing
This guide is designed primarily to assist AAP members and other child health advocates in seeking funding from foundations and corporations. The guide also provides a brief overview of government funding. The information should serve as a starting point to help you identify appropriate funding sources, guide you through the solicitation process, and assist you in writing an effective proposal. Also included are samples of cover letters, proposals, budgets, checklists, and other resources.