ASTHMA & ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

For Life Without Limits

aka Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter; AAFA-STL   |   St Louis, MO   |  www.aafastl.org

Mission

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St Louis Chapter serves those affected by asthma and allergies through education, support, and medical resources.

Ruling year info

1954

Executive Director

Chris Martinez

Main address

1500 S. Big Bend, Ste. 1S

St Louis, MO 63117 USA

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EIN

43-1484316

NTEE code info

Asthma (G61)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationally, 1 in 10 children have asthma, but here in St. Louis, the number is nearly double. On top of that, asthma is the number one inequality between white and black children in St. Louis according to the Equity Indicators Benchmarking Report released by the city in 2019. Black children go to the hospital for asthma related problems 10x more than white children. Additionally, all allergies are on the rise, including life threatening food allergies. One in 13 children, that's nearly 2 in every classroom has a food allergy where reactions can be a simple as hives and life threatening as anaphylaxis.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BREATH

BREATH is a comprehensive asthma management program that provides life-saving medications, equipment, education, support and case management to children suffering from asthma and allergies and their families and caregivers.

Population(s) Served

ABC’s of Asthma program provides asthma education and support to clients, schools, community organizations and individuals who contact the AAFA office. In 2009, over 12,000 people were reached through health fairs, programs and presentations.

Population(s) Served

In 2011, AAFA-STL began RESCUE to decrease health disparities in low-to-moderate-income populations through the community service of accessible health care and disease management for kids diagnosed with asthma or allergies. AAFA-STL worked with school nurses and the state government to get schools the resources needed to manage asthma at school and send the kids back to class instead of the emergency room. In 2012, Missouri House Bill 1188 passed, allowing school nurses to stock and use lifesaving albuterol, and from there, the program’s success grew.
In 2011, the rate of ER visits due to asthma was 7 times higher for African American youth than for white youth and strongly correlated to the most economically depressed zip codes in the city.
Kids missing school for treatment of chronic asthma or allergies is a multifaceted problem.
Chronic childhood illnesses limit a student’s ability to complete their education. Absences from school mean the student engages less in social skill building and experience less peer support. Repeated absences interrupt learning and are a strong predictor of school dropout.
The cost of a parent taking time off work to go to the ER adds up for the parent, their employer, and the community.
The impact of uncontrolled asthma or allergies in the life of a St. Louis child is more than just a missed school day. It is a missed opportunity to thrive.
By 2017, RESCUE schools reported an 84% success rate in getting kids back in class after using equipment or medicine provided to school nurses by AAFA-STL. However, the work is not over.
Asthma is still the number one chronic childhood illness and is still one of the primary health disparities faced by kids living in poverty in the city of St. Louis where the prevalence of asthma is twice the national average. AAFA-STL’s RESCUE program intends to close a resource gap by enrolling twenty more schools in need of asthma and allergy medicine and equipment.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of coalition meetings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BREATH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AAFA-STL hosts the Asthma Coalition for St. Louis and the surrounding area. It is designed to bring together professionals working in the asthma space to collaborate and create stronger connections.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BREATH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More and more children need the services of our asthma management and prescription assistance program each year.

Number of individuals to whom medicines were distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BREATH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, most of the growth was from people needing assistance paying the FULL cost of their prescription. Full pay clients are eligible for Medicaid, but processing is at the state level.

Number of prescriptions filled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BREATH

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ultimately, AAFA-STL would like to reduce the number of ER visits and hospital re-admissions for asthma and allergies in St. Louis, especially for children.
Additionally, the organizations is working to grow understanding of the seriousness of asthma, allergies, and food allergies in our communities.

This work is accomplished through our program such as BREATH- our asthma management and prescription assistant program and RESCUE our school nurse education and equipment program. Additionally AAFA-STL does several trainings in the community such as the ABCS of Asthma and Allergy, Food Allergy 101, and the Allertrain training for food handlers.

The organization has been providing these services in a variety of capacities since 1981. Our program director has been in place since 2012 and is a Certified Asthma Educator and our Asthma Coach has a Masters Degree in Public Health.
Our organization also leverages several partnerships with doctors in the area, organizations like the American Lung Association and Healthy Kids Express, and school nurses to help ensure we have the capacity to meet our goals.

In 2018-
Had record breaking year serving the most clients and providing the most prescriptions
Higher renewal rates for copay clients. More copay clients either renewed or had access to medicines during renewal time.
Created partnership with LV Health and Wellness Pharmacy in IL
Made deeper connections in IL thanks to AmeriCorpsVISTA

Participated in 15 community partner groups

Community Outreach- Taught more classes and reached more people through education; met all of our goals
Public Policy- Supported IL stocking albuterol

BREATH
In 2018, we had a record-breaking year: had more of prescriptions provided, children served and durables and equipment given out than ever
Nearly doubled the number of full pay clients


Since 2011, we've gone from serving 133 children with our prescription assistance program to 248 in 2018.

RESCUE
Since 2011, we've gone from serving 56 schools annually to 302 in 2018.
In 2018, 92% of children using AAFA-STL equipment administered by a school nurse were able to return to class.
In 2018, 74% of children using AAFA-STL equipment administered by a school nurse in an emergency situation were able to return to class.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASTHMA & ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

Board of directors
as of 6/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Abby Cohen

Sparo Labes

Term: 2019 - 2021

RAYMOND SLAVIN

PHILLIP KORENBLAT

H Wedner

Washington University School of Medicine

Gregg Berdy

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Dilip Chandu

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Abby Cohen

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Barb Corn

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Michael Davidson

Lewis Rice LLC

Brett Johnson

Deloitte

Michael McMurtrey

Wells Fargo Advisors

Linda Neumann

Community Volunteer

JD Sabio

RGA

Amit Shah

Mercy Clinic

Surilla Shaw

St. Louis Public Schools

Joseph Freeman

Edward Jones

Crystal Nelson

St. Louis Children's Hospital

Lisa Nyberg

Deloitte

Darnellius Weeden

Bayer

Natalie Meyer

HooPayz

Mariel Brechner

Cigna

Raphael Kodjoe

Olin Board Fellow - Wash U

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/03/2020

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