Illinois CATCH Onto Health Network
Since 2007, the CRHSSD, as lead agency, in partnership with the Illinois CATCH Onto Health Consortium (ICHC), has facilitated the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) in elementary schools throughout the southern 16 Illinois Delta counties. The funding for this project is through the Delta States Rural Development and Network Program (DSRDN) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The award is part of a federal initiative to improve access to primary health care in the 205 counties and parishes within the eight state Mississippi Delta Region. The primary role of the CRHSSD is to coordinate the overall project within the Illinois region and, in collaboration with the partners, establish goals and move toward sustainability of the program’s success. The ICHC continues to provide leadership for building increased capacity for Illinois Delta schools to effectively improve school health through policy, systems, and environmental change, thus promoting sustainability and a strong fundamental attitude regarding the importance of general wellness, both in schools and in the community.