Pediatrics resident Julia Clemens receives AAP CATCH Resident Grant to develop a community-based program that supports new mothers with substance use disorders

Second-year resident Julia Clemens, MD, is the recipient of a 2024 CATCH Resident Grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These annual grants provide up to $2,000 to resident pediatricians to lead innovative, community-based initiatives that increase children’s access to optimal health or well-being. Through her project, “Parenting Newborns: Building Bonds, Breaking Stigma,” Clemens will develop a program between the Pediatrics Residency Program and ARC House, a 15-bed residential treatment facility in Madison that provides women with substance use disorder or involvement in the criminal justice system a place to live with their babies while receiving treatment, therapy, and parenting education. Interns will visit ARC House during Community Pediatrics and Advocacy eXperience (CPAX) rotations and give talks on the care of babies and anticipatory guidance. The project will aim to reduce stigma toward patients with substance use disorders and involvement in the criminal justice system and provide the mothers with positive experiences with health care providers. The program will begin on June 1.