CATCH UP uses its funds to improve upon the efficacy and impact of our blood pressure screening programs throughout the country, and go towards improving access to health services for medically underserved members of our communities. We use funds in the following ways:
- Purchase new screening supplies for our member Chapters to expand to new areas and conduct screenings, including:
- Signs for free screenings and their locations/times
- Distribution materials, such as pamphlets and cards, discussing the risk factors for hypertension and how to combat them
- Engage in and fund research studies, especially using monetary incentives, so find cost-effective programs to reduce health care. Our focus is on studies that can be implemented over time by student-led volunteer programs that are proven to reduce blood pressure and increase health care access.
- Implement these successful studies after the research is terminated. When we find something cost effective that works, such as a monetary incentive program, we want to be able to carry out these programs in real world settings.
- Maintain our accessibility to new Chapters through various venues, such as fairs or through this very website