HUNTINGTON – CATCH My Breath, a program that deters students from using e-cigarettes, has completed its first semester at colleges in five counties in West Virginia and Kentucky.
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health) My Breath is an evidence-based, peer-reviewed youth vaping prevention program that was developed by the Health Sciences Center at the University of Texas at the Houston School of Public Health. Through a series of four lessons, CATCH My Breath equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about using e-cigarettes.
The program is offered in West Virginia and Kentucky by the Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project (APHP) of Partners in Health Network, based in Charleston. Participation in CATCH My Breath is part of APHP’s goal of preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the region.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the program to transition halfway to an online format. Despite being online, the program was able to reach and reach over 1,200 students in the five counties.
For participating in the program, schools received a total of $ 13,100 in grants. The schools that participated in the program in spring 2021 and the grants they received are:
Sherman Junior High School in Seth, West Virginia – $ 2,800
Madison Middle School in Madison, West Virginia – $ 2,700
West Side Middle School in Charleston, West Virginia – $ 1,800
Hamlin Middle School in Hamlin, West Virginia – $ 1,500
Chapmanville Middle School in Chapmanville, West Virginia – $ 1,200
Martin County Middle School in Warfield, Kentucky – $ 1,200
Guyan Valley Middle School in Branchland, West Virginia – $ 1,100
DuPont Middle School in Belle, West Virginia – $ 300
West Logan Home School Ministries in Logan, West Virginia – $ 250
Beth Haven Christian School in Chauncey, West Virginia – $ 250
Those interested in the program should check out the e-cigarettes module at catchinfo.org.