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AAFA’s New England Chapter serves the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Since 1979, we have assisted thousands with asthma and allergies to live safer, healthier lives in many ways. We help adult patients and parents learn how to manage their asthma and allergies, including food allergies, in many settings. We train childcare providers, nurses and respiratory therapists; publish a newsletter and other educational materials; and provide telephone support and information to individuals and agencies. We work in communities and with the media to raise awareness about the seriousness of life-threatening allergies and asthma, and advocate for policies to  support and improve the lives of people with asthma and allergies.  Let us know how we can help YOU!

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Help us Help YOU!
As you make your donations to organizations that mean a lot to you, please include AAFA New England on your list. Help ensure that we can continue to provide the information, educational programs, and advocacy that saves lives and helps you meet the challenges of living with asthma and allergies.

Donate on-line now, or print a form to mail with your check.

New Executive Director to Lead Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter
Duke Little stepping in for outgoing Executive Director Debbie Saryan
After four years of working tirelessly to improve and extend the services provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of New England, Debbie Saryan is stepping down as Executive Director.

Duke Little, a seasoned executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in sales, sponsorships and fundraising, assumed the Executive Director role on January 3, 2017.

“What caught my interest in assuming this leadership position was the long history of service that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter has been able to deliver since 1979. I look forward to continuing this tradition of disseminating information, education and public awareness initiatives that are the hallmark of the organization. I know what it is like to live with allergies, asthma and strict dietary restrictions, and I’m excited to work with the Board of Directors to help people throughout New England who may be struggling with asthma or allergies.”

“The Board of Directors is grateful for the work that Debbie has been able to accomplish during her time with the organization,” said Jan Hanson, President of the AAFA New England Board of Directors. “Duke brings great experience, expertise and energy to our organization, and we are thrilled to have him take the reins and continue with AAFA New England’s commitment to helping improve the lives of people living with asthma and allergies.”

Do you or your kids have asthma? flu-shot-reminder-cdc
Flu season is here!
People with asthma are at high risk of severe disease and complications from flu.
Everyone with asthma who is six months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect against getting the flu.

Click here for more info.  



We are in the process of planning programs for 2017.

Please contact us if you would like to help from home with family events, the “Breath of Spring” gala and silent auction (May 5, 2017), or volunteer in the office. 

Thanks to the wonderful guest speakers who presented these outstanding programs in recent months:

Food Allergy Stories with the No Biggie Bunchbook cover: Peanut-Free Tea for Three

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Newton Public Library
330 Homer St., Newton, MA
Meet the creator of the “No Biggie Bunch,” a group of diverse and adventurous young characters who have food allergies but are not defined by them. They are smart, prepared and safe while maintaining a great attitude and having fun.
Heather Mehra will read and talk about her books:book cover: Sport-stastic Birthday Party
Peanut-Free Tea for Three
Sports-Tastic Birthday Party
Dairy-Free and Dino-Licious Dig

Book cover: No Biggie Bunch HalloweenThe No Biggie Bunch book Trade or Treat Halloween can help your child creatively cope with Halloween. Order at a discounted price that benefits both you and AAFA New England. Use the coupon code AAFANE when placing your order at www.nobiggiebunch.com.

Autographed copies of all No Biggie Bunch books will be available for purchase on Nov. 5, including Everyday Cool with Food Allergies by AAFA New England Board of Directors member Michael Pistiner, MD.
A great morning for children up to age 8.

FREE! No need to register.

Regional Forums for teens and parents:
Going to College with Food Allergies

Free; no need to pre-register

Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Salem Hospital—North Shore Medical Center
81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA
Davenport Conference Area—Room 102A

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Newton – Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., (Route 16) Newton, MA

Speaker: Jan Hanson, M.A.jan-hanson
Food allergy educator and author

Jan’s new book Food Allergies and College: Your Complete Planning Guide, is a comprehensive “how to” for college-bound teens with food allergies and their families. She will address the process in stages, up to and including living safely at college.

Book cover Food Allergies and CollegeJan is a food allergy educator whose two sons attended college with food allergies. She is a former college administrator and worked as the Assistant Director of Residence at Simmons College.

Copies of the book can be purchased on-line or at bookstores.

This is a great opportunity for teens and parents to connect with others with food allergies.

Click here for a flyer to post and distribute


Asthma Management and Education
Seminar for Nurses and RT’s
Faculty: Maureen George, PhD RN AE-C FAAN

Monday, November 7, 2016
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA

click here for details and to register


Educational Support Group Programs
Provide you with opportunities to learn from experts, get your questions answered, meet others who share your concerns, find resources and gain confidence.

 Mark your calendar for the first educational program of the fall season! Bring your babysitters, friends, family members!

Don’t miss these important overviews about how to prevent, recognize, and safely deal with severe allergic reactions. Bring your questions, including about options for epinephrine administration.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
“Food Allergy: What’s New in Research, Treatment and Prevention”
Speaker: Allergist Michael Young, MD
Location: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, (Bowles Conference Center Room 1), 2014 Washington St. (Rt. 16), Newton, MA

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at 6:45
“Legal Rights for People with Food Allergies”

Speaker: Attorney Laurel Francoeur
Location: Beth Israel & Children’s Hospital Medical Care Center
482 Bedford St., Lexington, MA

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
“Going to College with Food Allergies”
Speaker: Food allergy educator and author Jan Hanson, MA
Location: Food Allergy Group of the North Shore (Salem Hospital, Davenport Conference Center, D102A)

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 6:45
“New Research in the Desensitization of Allergies”

Speaker: Allergist and researcher William Sheehan, MD
Location: Beth Israel & Children’s Hospital Medical Care Center
482 Bedford St., Lexington, MA

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
“Going to College with Food Allergies”
Speaker: Food allergy educator and author Jan Hanson, MA
Location: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, (Bowles Conference Center Room 1), 2014 Washington St. (Rt. 16), Newton, MA

FREE; no need to pre-register for support group programs

For more details, contact us by e-mail (aafane@aafane.org) or call 781-444-7778.

Fill out the form at the right to make sure you are on our e-mail list to receive meeting announcements for your area.

Click here for additional details…


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“Breath of Spring 2016”

Annual FUN-raiser

was a great evening!

Check out the photos and list of sponsors and donors…

We need YOU to volunteer to help out with the 2017 event. You can make calls from home or help in many ways.
Contact us at 781-444-7778 or aafane@aafane.org.




Training for Child Care ProvidersAsthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers
Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers
Workshops for child care providers:
September 14 for the Nashoba Valley region  REGISTER
September 19 for the Belmont, Watertown, Arlington, Waltham region (Register through Tri-Community early Educators Group or call 781-444-7778.)
September 27 at the Cambridge YMCA for child care providers in Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown, Arlington, Belmont and Waltham. REGISTER
October 8 in Spanish for the Nashoba Valley region REGISTER

January 4, 2017 for child care providers in Westford and Dunstable, MA or other Nashoba Valley towns (contact us if you are interested in attending)

For more information, contact us at 781-444-7778 or by e-mail: aafane@aafane.org.

click here for more information about our training program for child care providers

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Read our newsletter!

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Professional members receive a supply of copies to give to patients.

Join our e-mail list  to receive e-mail announcements about news and resources, as well as upcoming AAFA New England meetings and programs.  Fill out the form at the right or send us your e-mail address and tell us where you live, so we can let you know about events in your area. We will not share your name or e-mail address with anyone.

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AAFA New England gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors.*

*Donations of $1,000 or more only. See list below.

Additional sponsors and donors for “Breath of Spring” and the Kyle Dine Family Concert are listed on Events pages.

asthma and allergy affilates
boston children's hospital
brigham and women's hospital
executive home detox
meda pharma
massachusetts credit union
new england society of allergy
perfectly free allergy-friendly frozen treats
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teva respiratory


Asthma & Allergy Affiliates, Inc.


The Behrakis Foundation

Boston Children’s Hospital – Division of Immunology

Brigham & Women’s Hospital


Incredible Foods, Inc. – Perfectly Free Frozen Treats

Meda Pharmaceuticals


MSIC – Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation

Mylan Specialties

New England Society of Allergy

Northeast Asthma, Allergy & Immunology


Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Thoracic Foundation

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Disclaimer:  The information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for responsible professional care to diagnose and treat specific symptoms. Consult a qualified health care provider for advice about your specific situation.  Donations received from our generous sponsors for unrestricted support of AAFA New England educational programs do not imply endorsement of their products.