American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
8400 W. 110th St., Suite 130
Overland Park KS 66210
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 353-9165
Mission Statement
The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We are "Fighting for Air" through Education, Advocacy and Research.  We strive to:
  • Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease
  • Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease
  • Reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lewis A. Bartfield
Board Chair Mr. Steve Mielke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnson Controls, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
American Lung Association of Missouri
American Lung Association of the Central States
American Lung Association of Kansas
American Lung Association Plains Gulf Region
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We are "Fighting for Air" through Education, Advocacy and Research.  We strive to:
  • Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease
  • Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease
  • Reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families
Background Statement The American Lung Association of The Upper Midwest is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporating branches in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Our regional offices have been working for lung health since the early years of the 20th Century. We are a regional entity of the national American Lung Association. Our mission is to save lives by preventing lung disease and promoting lung health. Our motto is "Fighting for Air," The American Lung Association is dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States as well. We work to prevent, control, and cure lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, influenza and pneumonia and we fight for tobacco control and clean air through education, research, and advocacy. As we begin our second century, we are aware that asthma is the leading serious chronic childhood illness. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other disease rates have declined. The American Lung Association has long funded vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. It is the foremost defender of the Clean Air Act and laws that protect citizens from secondhand smoke and other environmental air pollution.
Impact Statement

Our top accomplishment for the year was providing lung health programs and services to hundreds of individuals in Greater Kansas City, as well as throughout our service area. Highlights include: 

  • Fighting Lung Disease: We fought lung disease with research,
    education and advocacy at the local level. Our programs and services raised awareness of lung health and lung disease prevention; taught self-management techniques; and supported patients and caregivers.
  • Fighting Asthma: In addition to providing vital research
    support, the American Lung Association facilitated partnerships, provided training, tools and other resources to educate school personnel, healthcare providers, and families to improve asthma care for children.
  • Fighting Lung Cancer: We fought lung cancer by helping people quit smoking; fighting for healthy air and researching cures. Our gold-standard smoking cessation program, Freedom From Smoking, was provided through in-person classes, online, and by phone.

Over the next year, the American Lung Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City will continue our efforts from last year. Specific activities include: 

  • Fight Asthma: Offer asthma education training for school nurses; Coordinate Open Airways for Schools for elementary students with asthma; Provide access & follow-up for parents of children with asthma using Asthma Basics - an online asthma education course; and Provide asthma education & follow-up for childcare workers using ABC's of Asthma for Child Care Workers via Kansas Train.
  • Fight Lung Disease: Organize new Better Breathers Clubs; Support existing Better Breathers Clubs; and Promote COPD and Lung Cancer patient resources.
  • Fight Lung Cancer: Partner with Kansas Department of Health & Environment to offer Healthy Homes Assessment trainings; Offer a Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training for volunteer facilitators interested in helping smokers quit; and Provide support & materials for Freedom From Smoking cessation clinics to expand the availability of cessation services.
Needs Statement

The American Lung Association in Kansas and Greater Kansas City's most pressing need is financial support to increase program outreach and advocacy efforts in the Greater Kansas City Area. There have been successes with legislature in both MO and KS, and individuals have been reached through various programs and services. However, the needs of the area demands more prevention and intervention around lung health. Program and advocacy costs vary depending on the program and project scope, but generally range from $30,000 - $80,000 per major project. Along with direct expenses, financial support to increase program outreach encompasses the need for personnel and capacity-building support.

Service Categories
Lung Diseases
Alliances & Advocacy
Lung Diseases Research
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement


The facts: 390,000 Americans die of lung disease every year; 7 million children have asthma in the U.S.; 33 million Americans live with chronic lung disease; and every 2.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, half of which die within a year. Lung Cancer continues to take the most lives associated with any form of cancer!
Due to the generosity of local donors and grant funders, we have moved our mission forward by helping smokers quit; educating patients and caregivers to better manage their disease; provide funding to our local Airways Clinical Research Center; lobbing for increased tobacco tax; and working collaboratively to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. We are proud of these successes! Our achievements are a result of our Local Leadership Board. They are the true change agents with critical influence and knowledge of our community. Our Leaders build collaborative relationships with medical institutions and corporations.
The biggest challenge we face is continued funding to support our efforts. The community at-large has the perception that lung disease is self-induced; that is simply a false perception. Many outside factors contribute to the disease including genetics, secondhand smoke, poor air quality and radon.
IMAGINE a world without lung disease…and I helped make it happen. That’s a powerful statement but sums up why I am part of the ALA’s Local Leadership Board of Directors. I have experienced firsthand the devastating effects of lung disease; I lost my mom in 2013  to emphysema  after watching her suffer, struggling to breath with even minimal movement and I am determined to do my part to honor her legacy by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air.  Today, more than 33 million Americans die from lung disease every year AND lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S.  The statistics are devastating which is why we work diligently to deliver lung disease awareness, advocacy and education to the communities we serve. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung disease, keeping kids off tobacco, or fighting for laws to protect the air we breathe, our work is impactful. I am honored to be a part of the ALA’s mission; to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
ALA provides asthma education in several ways: 
  • Open Airways for Schools-an asthma education curriculum for youth age 8-11 with asthma. This research-based program is highly interactive to teach children how to manage/control their disease.
  • Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day workshop for healthcare professionals that provide asthma education to patients. 
  • ABC's of Asthma for Child Care Workers is a basic course for childcare workers that helps them recognize signs & symptoms of an asthma episode, identify asthma triggers, demonstrate how to use devices & administer medications & understand an Asthma Action Plan.
  • Asthma Basics is an online learning tool that helps for adults with asthma, parents & caregivers.  Participants learn to recognize & manage asthma symptoms, identify and reduce triggers, understand the different asthma medications, demonstrate how to use medications and devices, know how to use an Asthma Action Plan, and how to respond to a breathing emergency. 
Program Budget $6,000.00
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Asthma
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Children who participate in Open Airways for Schools should be able to:
  • Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms.
  • Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur.
  • Carry out appropriate management steps.
  • Discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers, and friends.
  • Feel more confident about taking care of their asthma on a daily basis.
Adults/Caregivers that participate in Asthma 101 or Basic Asthma should be able to:
  • Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms.
  • Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur.
  • Carry out appropriate management steps.
  • Identify & mediate asthma triggers.
Adults that participate in the Asthma Educator Institute should be able to: 
  • Understand the NHLBI asthma guidelines.
  • Provide complete asthma education to patients.
  • Take the national asthma educator test.


Long-Term Success

Research shows asthma education produces a reduction in hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and school absences. 

Program Success Monitored By

Pre- and post-tests are administered to the participants of all asthma education programs. 

Examples of Program Success
Participants completed post-tests.  Two of the questions were used to indicate good asthma management.
  •  41% of participants indicate they always take their medicine to stop asthma symptoms.
  • 49% of participants indicate they sometimes take their medicine to stop their asthma symptoms.
  • 18% of participants indicate they always do belly breathing.
  • 46% of participants indicate they sometimes for belling breathing.
  • Freedom From Smoking is considered the "gold standard" smoking cessation program.  The in-person cessation clinics help smokers quit for good by using behavior modification, techniques to reduce stress, identifying smoking triggers & developing a quit plan.  The program is also available by phone, online (explained below), or through self-help workbooks.
  • Freedom From Smoking Online - This online program is based on the in-person clinic curriculum. Participants follow the curriculum from the comfort of home and at any time of the day or night. 
  • Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training is a two-day training for community volunteers to become facilitators of the in-person tobacco cessation clinics.  The training is led by an American Lung Association certified trainer & provides volunteers with the skills needed to motivate smokers to complete the program and quit smoking.
Program Budget $2,400.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
  • By the end of the training: 85% of participants will score a 4 or 5 (1=Do Not Understand At All, 5= Understand Completely) in each of the FFS materials and concepts on their post-training evaluation.
  • At the conclusion of the cessation clinics, when used in combination with smoking cessation medications, up to 60% of participants report having quit by the end of the program.
Long-Term Success
  • For attendees completing the training and obtaining certification, 80% will facilitate at least one Freedom From Smoking clinic in his or her community or workplace.
  • For cessation clinics, 25% of participants report not smoking one year after the program ends while only 5% of people who quit cold turkey remain non-smokers after one year.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Facilitator Training Evaluation forms are administered at the end of the training.
  • Data paperwork is also collected from facilitators as they implement clinics.
  • Participant questionnaires are included in the required participant materials, which are collected by the clinic facilitator.
Examples of Program Success
Freedom From Smoking is rated the #1 adult smoking cessation program in the country.
  • One example of success in the Kansas City area is that we trained staff at a local homeless shelter so they can provide the in-person clinics as needed & trained several personnel at North Kansas City Hospital as facilitators so they can offer the service in their pulmonary rehab department. 
  • We have been able to offer cessation clinics for 2 local businesses as well as several in the community.
  • Better Breathers Club - a support group for individuals with chronic lung disease.  It promotes self-management of COPD and other lung diseases, offers a sense of belonging and hopefulness to patients, and improves the quality of life for patients and caregivers.
  • Facing Lung Cancer -  Support from Day One - an online tool that provides lung cancer information and support for lung cancer patients and their caregivers.  It addresses specific topics & allows users to design a customized guide to use during conversations with their care team.
  • Lung Cancer Screening - a website helping users find out whether they should get a CT screening for lung cancer.
  • Lung Connection Community - a website for people living with chronic lung disease and their caregivers. It provides a community in which users can share stories, tips, and support.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Lung Diseases
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
To increase awareness of COPD and Lung Cancer/ increase attitudes and knowledge about disease management; improve self-management; improve daily quality of life for COPD and Lung Cancer patients and caregivers.
Long-Term Success
To increase the standard of medical core of COPD and Lung Cancer patients; increase early detection rates; decrease hospitalization, emergency room, and death rates from COPD and lung cancer; and increase length and quality of life for COPD & Lung Cancer patients and caregivers.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Better Breathers Clubs - meeting evaluations
  • Facing Lung Cancer:  Support from Day 1 - website hits
  • Lung Cancer Screenings - website hits
  • Lung Connection Community - website hits
All of these are monitored by program staff, supervisors, regional charter and the national association.
Examples of Program Success
Better Breathers Club members:
"I need the fellowship, education and support this group offers."
"As a caregiver, I listen and then know what to do if something happens at home."
"Going to the group keeps us doing and moving, great for [my] mental attitude."
  • Lung Helpline - a toll-free number that provides free information on lung health from nurses, respiratory therapists and tobacco cessation specialists.  It provides information on lung cancer, asthma, allergies, COPD, quitting smoking, environmental health, pulmonary disease and more.
  • Lung Action Network - a network that allows individuals to become advocates for policies that will safe lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.  Individuals can sign up to receive action items & alerts to stay informed in the ALA's efforts to communicate with decisions makers on these and other emerging health concerns.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Lung Diseases
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions, ,
Short-Term Success
Our immediate outcomes will be by the end of the clients' call session 100% will be able to proceed with their lung healthcare better informed and will exhibit changed behavior in dealing with their lung diseases or issue.
Long-Term Success
Our long term success is built upon our ultimate capacity to answer our callers lung health questions & their successes in tobacco cessation.  Every call is tracked through our sophisticated CRM database.  100% of our clients completing a call will be provided the information or guidance in dealing with their lung health questions.  In additional all clients are welcome to call back as often as necessary due to the fact that the nature of their questions may lead to more information request at a later date.  Our current rate of cessation success overall is 61% at a 3-month follow call.  The ultimate result from this program is a better utilization of the healthcare system and a more knowledgeable patient.
Program Success Monitored By
The HELPLINE/QUITLINE has seen unprecedented growth in its call volume.  In 1999 we were averaging 6 calls per day.  We are on a pace to exceed 120,000 calls at the end of this fiscal year.  This year we assisted a client who was considered terminally ill with a rare form of lung cancer.  We were able to facilitate her being placed in a clinical trial for her specific form of cancer.  She currently is in remission.  We have many more examples of testimonials that we could provide along with recorded conversations as well (edited for confidentiality).  Our numbers continue to grow on all fronts of our lung health mission, i.e.:  disease counseling, tobacco cessation, environmental lung health, and the list goes on and on.
Examples of Program Success
"During my mother's illness, the Lung Helpline staff was like a lifeline.  There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to the American Lung Association for providing a real person I could talk to, who listened to my question and gave me answers I could understand."  - Margaret
CEO Comments
From the bottom of our lungs, we thank you for any and all financial support. 
  • $20 - Teaches one lung cancer patient about the latest lung cancer treatments
  • $60 - Gives three people with lung cancer access to a lung cancer hotline counselor 
  • $75 - Helps 100 Americans assess their lung cancer risk with our online assessment tool
  • $100 - Gives 5 people with COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, access to a lung health hotline counselor
  • $350 - Helps 10 teens quit smoking
  • $500 - Teaches 20 children how to manage their asthma
  • $1,500 - Sends one lung cancer patient to the U.S. Capitol to ask Congress for more lung cancer research funding
  • $6,250 - Funds one month of life-saving COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, research breakthroughs
  • $32,500 - Helps a new doctor become a lung cancer researcher
  • $100,000 - Funds life-saving lung cancer research breakthroughs 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Lewis A. Bartfield
Term Start Mar 2013
Lewis “Lew” Bartfield of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the Chief Executive Officer for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest serving a 10-state region including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas & Greater Kansas City, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Bartfield began his position in March, 2013 and works out of the Brookfield, Wisconsin office.
Bartfield was chosen to fill the position vacated by Harold Wimmer, who became the CEO of the American Lung Association national organization starting February 1, 2013.
Prior to joining the American Lung Association, Bartfield spent more than 20 years with the American Diabetes Association, most recently as Field Vice President of the Mid Markets East Division. In that role, he managed the fundraising, program services, corporate and volunteer recruitment programs and staff for the Mid Markets East Division, tending to an 18-state territory.
Before joining the American Diabetes Association, Bartfield worked for the American Heart Association for 14 years. He was the Deputy Executive Vice President for the New Jersey affiliate and served in a number of roles for the Wisconsin affiliate.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Harold Winner July 2005 - Oct 2013
Senior Staff
Title Sr. VP, Development
Title Sr. VP, Finance
Title Sr. VP, Helpline Services
Title Chief Mission Officer
Title VP, Strategic Communications
Paid Full-Time Staff 117
Paid Part-Time Staff 7
Volunteers 49363
Paid Contractors 5
Retention Rate 69%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations are the cornerstone of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.  Our accomplishments in 2016 were made possible by bringing together 192 outstanding agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations to support our mission-specific projects.   
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter2006
4-Star Charity Rating (highest award)Charity Navigator2013
4-Star Charity Rating (Highest Award)Charity Navigator2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Mielke
Company Affiliation Johnson Controls, Inc.
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board Members
Brad Baker Husky
Jeffrey Cahn Securian Financial Services
Mike Carstens Physicians Mutual
Malcom DeCamp Jr., MDNorthwestern University
Julie Feasel Kindred Health Care
Linda Ford MDThe Asthma & Allergy Center
Dustin Hinton UnitedHealthCare
Jessica Hoppe Alerus Bank
Michael J. Jaeger MDAnthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Kevin Kovitz MDSuburban Lung Associates
Caroline Krider US Bank
Heidi Larson Goff Public
Audrene Lojovich (Retired) Securian Financial Services
Todd A. Mahr MDGundersen Health System
Steve Mielke Johnson Controls
Alan D. Rowe Kirkwood College
Jack Shapiro (Retired) Kindred Health Systems
Bill Stephan Indiana University
L. Craig Turner Craig Turner Attorney at Law
Peter Vitiello PhDSanford Research
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Betsy Allgeyer Business by Promotion
Kevin Allgeyer Honeywell
William Barkman MD, MSPH, FCCPUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
James Brophy
Trish Carcopa RN CDESouthwest Technologies
Christina Carter RN BSN CHPN CHPCABrookdale Hospice, Missouri
Nadyne S. Frazier RNBrookdale Hospice, Kansas
Alexander S. Gill Kindred Hospital, Kansas City
Edward F. Gilmore (Retired) Sprint
Marcy Goldenberg Heartland Quality Background Screening
Stephanie Isaacson New Horizons Enterprises, LLC
Margaret Richards JDLathrop & Gage
Gary Salzman MD, FCCPUniversity of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Jane Taylor MD
Lisa Tomlinson Bank of Blue Valley
Larry Winn IIIBHC Rhodes
CEO Comments
In the coming year, we plan to grow and expand our impact on lung health and clean air by increasing our investment in research; enhancing our programs to further reduce the burden of lung disease; advocating for more smoke-free and clean air policies; and strengthening our partnerships and creating new ones.   
We urge you to flame your passion, increase your involvement and boost your support because the fact remains, lung cancer is still the number one cancer killer in the country and millions suffer from lung disease.  Although we are proud of our accomplishments, we have much work ahead and your support is critical to strengthen the American Lung Association and reach many more successes.   
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $23,430,000
Projected Expenses $23,120,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990 - Upper Midwest.
  • FYE 6/30/2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990 - Plains-Gulf Region. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$7,002,571$7,779,678$7,718,547
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$777,803$586,847$1,187,661
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$3,623,424$2,848,677$2,624,269
Revenue In-Kind$258,963$292,165$508,814
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,120,372$20,258,832$19,932,456
Administration Expense$1,118,529$1,262,344$1,025,030
Fundraising Expense$1,874,617$1,375,550$1,328,928
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$33,707,073$31,875,927$28,707,838
Current Assets$11,627,693$11,400,757$9,368,876
Long-Term Liabilities$2,924,499$2,481,236$3,242,537
Current Liabilities$8,401,087$6,049,577$5,044,867
Total Net Assets$22,381,487$23,345,114$20,420,434
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.381.881.86
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%8%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIllinois Department of Public Health $5,097,625 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAmerican Lung Association - National $1,367,499 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $1,175,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The financials for our ten-state region serving Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas & Greater Kansas City, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin are centralized and rolled into one set of financial statements. It should be noted that all accounting activity is coded into the system using branch codes, project codes and grant codes. This allows the system to record budget and actual activity by location, by community initiative projects and by grants when applicable. With this capability, management ensures that grant funding is expended according to the grant budget.
Organization Name American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Address 8400 W. 110th St., Suite 130
Overland Park, KS 66210
Primary Phone (913) 353-9165
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lewis A. Bartfield
Board Chair Mr. Steve Mielke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnson Controls, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
American Lung Association of Missouri
American Lung Association of the Central States
American Lung Association of Kansas
American Lung Association Plains Gulf Region