In 2007 Missouri Foundation for Health identified childhood asthma as a major health issue in the state. It established the
Childhood Asthma Linkages in Missouri (CALM) initiative to demonstrate that a collaboration between a child’s school, medical care provider and other community organizations would lead to better overall asthma care for the child, as well as a reduction in symptoms.
The Foundation awarded a total of more than $6.6 million to 14 organizations to integrate childhood asthma support into their daily operations. Funds went to collaborative and multifaceted program models led by community hospitals, school districts and university affiliated health centers that utilize community-based approaches to build successful linkages among those responsible for asthma care in children.