Healthy Kids Express Eligible for $500,000 Thanks to Tax Credit Program
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation has received a $250,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credit award from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The NAP tax credits are of the 50% variety and will be distributed to eligible donors. The credits will leverage $500,000 in donations for the Hospital’s Healthy Kids Express Asthma Program, a mobile program that provides comprehensive asthma care to underserved children.
The Healthy Kids Express Asthma Program enrolls medically underserved public school students with uncontrolled or poorly controlled asthma in a comprehensive education program. The program includes hands-on training, care, and connection to a medical home in the community. Each enrolled child is assessed for asthma severity and receives a customized asthma action plan, multiple check-ups throughout the program year, all medications and supplies and the support of an asthma coach or a social worker, as needed, to assist with barriers to ongoing care. The program also provides clinical training and asthma supplies for school nurses.
Some St. Louis area public schools have asthma rates several times the national average. Asthma is an expensive regional problem that contributes to the rise in health care costs. It is the number one reason for emergency room visits at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, as well as the primary excuse for school absences in the city among children with chronic conditions. Asthma also drives 911 and Emergency Medical Transport usage, and is the number one admitting diagnosis for preventable hospitalizations.
Teaching children to manage their asthma is an attainable and worthwhile goal. “Asthma is a life-threatening condition that doesn’t have to be,” explains Lisa Meadows, Professional Nurse Practitioner and manager of St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Kids Express Asthma Program. “The challenge is getting the asthma under control, from prevention, to treatment, to long-term management.” The Healthy Kids Express Asthma Program helps more than 1,200 children gain control over their asthma each year.
The Department of Economic Development awards Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to approved not-for-profit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as pave the way for economic development. NAP tax credits may be issued to any donors that file business taxes in Missouri. The credits generally result in both federal and state tax savings for the donor, while allowing the hospital to realize the full value of the donor’s gift. Donors are advised to check with their tax professionals to discover the specifics of their expected return on investment.
To learn more or to find out how to make a tax credit-eligible contribution, please contact Jeanne Gibbons at 314.286.0924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.