About Us

/About Us
About Us 2017-02-17T23:25:05+00:00
  1. What is ARC?
    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.
  2. Where is ARC?
    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
  3. Staff
    • Ben Francisco,PhD,PNP-BC, AE-C
    • Director, Asthma Ready® Communities, Research Assistant Professor, Child Health, Pulmonary Medicine & Allergy, School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital, University Physicians, Pediatric Specialty Clinic
      Email: franciscob@health.missouri.edu

    • Peter Konig, PhD, MD, Professor Emeritus; Jim Acton, MD, Associate Professor, Chief; Zarah Ner, MD, Assistant Professor
    • Pulmonologists, Pulmonary Medicine & Allergy Division, Department of Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital, University Physicians Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Columbia

    • Paul Foreman, MS, MA, PhD
    • Project Director, Asthma Ready® Communities Outcomes & Policy, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital
      Email: foreman@health.missouri.edu

    • Julie Patterson, BA
    • Program Coordinator, Asthma Ready® Communities, University of Missouri Health Care
      Email: pattersonjw@health.missouri.edu

    • Tammy Rood, MSN, CPNP-PC, AE-C
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Asthma Educator, Asthma Ready® Communities Training & Evaluation, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital, University Physicians, Pediatric Specialty Clinic
      Email: roodtl@health.missouri.edu

    • Alaina Bratt, RN, BSN, MPH
    • Asthma Educator, Nurse Clinician, Asthma Ready® Communities Evaluation & Accreditation, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital, University Physicians, Pediatric Specialty Clinic
      Email: bratta@health.missouri.edu

    • Candy Neuner, RN, BSN
    • Asthma Educator, Certified Asthma Educator, Asthma Ready® Communities Training & Evaluation, University of Missouri Health Care, MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital, University Physicians, Pediatric Specialty Clinic
      Email: neunerk@health.missouri.edu

    • Sherri Homan, RN, FNP, PhD
    • Asthma Epidemiologist, Asthma Ready® Communities Surveillance & Evaluation, Adjunct Faculty, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Epidemiology
      Email: sherri.homan@health.mo.gov

    • Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT-NPS, AE-C, Assistant Professor
    • Director, Respiratory Therapy Program, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri, Columbia

  4. Partners
    • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
    • DHSS is the state agency dedicated to public health, safety and the well-being of the people of Missouri http://www.health.mo.gov/. The Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Program (MAPCP) is located within DHSS.
      http://www.health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/chronic/asthma/index.php

    • Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA)
    • MSBA is a strong advocate for public education in Missouri, serving as the unified voice of school board members throughout the state.
      http://www.msbanet.org/

    • Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA)
    • A non-profit organization that represents community health centers that serve federally designated medically underserved populations and is dedicated to improving access to high quality, community based, and affordable primary health care in Missouri.
      http://www.mo-pca.org/

    • Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA)
    • OSEDA collaborates with partners in the analysis of social and economic data in ways that contribute to improvements in the well-being ofpeople, enterprises and communities
      http://www.oseda.missouri.edu/

    • Open Health, LLC
    • Open Health is a consulting and research firm for public health planning and evaluation that has a mission to bring creativity and science to partnerships that improve public health.
      http://www.asthmahere.org/

    • St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium
    • The Consortium is a collaboration ofdiverse agencies and individuals dedicated to reducing asthma morbidity and improving the quality of life for people with asthma in the St. Louis area.
      http://www.asthma-stlouis.org/

    • Greater Kansas City Asthma and COPD Coalition (GKCACC)
    • GKCACC brings together individuals and agencies to establish an on-going asthma network to communicate about, collaborate on, and coordinate projects that improve and support asthma and COPD prevention, diagnosis, and management in the Greater Kansas City Area.
      http://kcasthmacopd.org/

    • Kansas Information for Communities (KIC)
    • KIC is a health information portal with health data you can query and links to many other data reports and information. KIC enables you to query vital event and other health care data.
      http://kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/

    • Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium (KCQIC)
    • KCQIC is a non-profit community coalition that provides a forum for collaboration to encourage best practices in health care in Kansas City and is partnering with Asthma Ready® Communities to launch KC Teams Up for Asthma Control in selected KC school districts.
      http://kcqic.org/kc_teams_up_for_asthma_control.php

    • Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA)
    • http://www.morx.com/

  5. Contact Us
    Info@AsthmaReady.org
    Phone 573.884.8629
    FAX 573.882.6126