Allies Against Asthma, a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), provided support to community-based coalitions that implemented comprehensive pediatric asthma management programs. Coalition efforts included improved access to and quality of medical services, education, family and community support, and environmental and policy initiatives. The primary aims of the program were to:
- reduce hospital admissions, emergency room visits, and missed school days
- enhance the quality of life of children with asthma
- develop a sustainable strategy for asthma management in the community
The Allies program awarded $12.5 million to seven community-based coalitions to support the coalitions, its targeted activities and site-specific evaluations between 2000 and 2006. The RWJF funding period for all Allies coalitions ended in July 2006, and evaluation and dissemination activities will continue past 2008.