Asthma Ready® Communities (ARC) is an overarching endeavor to provide standardized, evidence-based educational programs for children with asthma, families and health professionals. These programs enhance the readiness of health care professionals and facilities to provide cost-efficient care that is compliant with the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma: Expert Panel Report 3. For parents and caregivers, these programs provide comprehensive steps to improve asthma control in infants and children. For facilities, Asthma Ready® is a designation indicating that the facility has participated in asthma training, has the resources and is committed to delivering appropriate services, maintaining communication standards, and conducting quality improvement efforts to ensure best practices for the care of children with asthma. Asthma Ready® is a registered federal trademark owned by the University of Missouri.
The ARC team is located in the division of Pulmonary Medicine & Allergy, Department of Child Health, University of Missouri (MU), School of Medicine. Dr. Francisco and the clinical staff are members of University Physicians practice group, providing specialty care at MU Women’s and Children Hospital, Pediatric Specialty Clinic. Other staff represents disciplines ranging from social health science to epidemiology. The central office is located in Columbia, MO 65212