The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Greater Kansas City Chapter is dedicated to providing education, support, and aid to the asthmatic and allergic public in Kansas and Western Missouri. AAFAKC was organized in 1982 as a 501 c 3, private not-for-profit organization under the charter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, national organization, located in Washington, D.C.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter was formed in 1982 by local healthcare providers and patients and has continually provided programs and services to the community throughout its history. We have created several programs that have received national recognition and provide many services that are unique to our organization.
We were chosen by our national organization to pilot three national programs that became cornerstones for AAFA. We have a long history of collaboration with other health-related groups such as the EPA, the Kansas Asthma Coalition, local health departments, school nurses and many others.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, Greater Kansas City Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy, and research.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter supports the national organization through its various programs. We are dedicated to serving the estimated 200,000 area children and adults who suffer from asthma and severe allergic disorders. Our programs are designed to:
- Promote understanding of the illnesses and how to control them.
- Educate those who suffer from asthma and allergies as well as the Greater Kansas City Community.
- Support improved quality of life through our direct support programs.
- Support scientific research of asthma and allergic diseases.
- Work with local physicians, nurses and other health care professional groups.
- Support the national organization in its endeavors to help those with asthma and allergic disorders.
Since 1982, our organization has dedicated ourselves to educating the public, providing support where needed and providing direct aid to the thousands of asthmatics, who are without resources.
In addition to the programs we provide, we give an array of services that fit our community’s needs and our mission:
Informational, non-biased resources for Patients, Physicians, and Allied Health Professionals.
In 2006, AAFAKC sent out over 2200 packets of information, or items for our benevolent programs, which were used by individuals, schools, hospitals, physicians, and health fairs. Each packet was specifically designed to meet the needs of that particular group or individual.
- Speaker’s bureau
- National Asthma Research
- Assistance to School Districts
- Asthma in the Workplace seminars
- Teen education programs in area schools
- Direct Assistance
In 2004, AAFAKC responded to an environmental control need among asthma patients. We were able to supply 50 mattress encasements and 38 allergy-free pillowcases to Children’s Mercy Hospital’s outreach to needy families and other social welfare agencies that assist low-income patients. We also provided 65 sets of these for patients in need who called the office.
- They used to work with the following groups or organizations:
- Greater Kansas City Asthma Coalition
- Missouri Asthma Coalition
- Kansas Asthma Coalition
- Mid American Regional Council – Air Quality Control Committee
- Smoke-Free K.C.
- Metropolitan Health Council
- Maternal and Child Health Coalition
- American Lung Association
- Kansas City Health Department