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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the control and cure of asthma and allergies. We help people live active, healthy lives with asthma and allergies, including food allergies.

Save the Dates!

For Life Without Limits Fall Gala

  • NEW! Our Auction is LIVE! Check out all of the exciting items.
  • Friday, October 25, 2019, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Boston College Club, 100 Federal St, 36th floor, Boston, MA 02110
  • Celebrate AAFA New England’s 40th Anniversary!
  • Enjoy a beautiful sunset and a cocktail, smooth jazz, and better-than-ever silent auction items! Bring a friend, meet the Honorees and have a great night out while you support AAFA New England’s important work!
  • Purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or purchase a tribute.

AAFA New England is proud to honor three champions of the Asthma and Allergy Community at this year’s Gala:

Kyle Dine
International Food Allergy Educator and Musician. Kyle’s mission is to educate, advocate and empower those affected by food allergies through his music and videos. The founder of www.allergytranslation.com — which provides allergy translation cards in 43 languages, Kyle is also the co-founder of travel resource website www.allergytravels.com.

Christopher Fanta, MD
Director of Partners Asthma Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fanta specializes in pulmonary medicine and is the author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Asthma. He is listed as one of the best doctors in America 2017 by Castle Connolly, and a Boston Magazine Top Doctor, 2019.

Mark and Gail Elvidge

Founders, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates in 1998 — the first company in the U.S. to make peanut-free and tree nut-free chocolates — Gail and Mark filled a huge need for those with food allergies. Their confectionery products are delicious and safe for anyone with nut allergies. Available in over 500 stores nationwide or through www.vermontnutfree.com.


Kyle Dine Family Concert & Food Allergy Expo

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • 900 Washington Street, Canton, MA
  • Kyle Dine is a performer and educator who writes and performs songs that empower, support and educate children with food allergies, their parents and friends. Save the date for our family concert! Children (and adults) are welcome to dress up in your Halloween costumes to add to the fun.
  • To become a sponsor and/or exhibitor, you can register online or download the registration form.


AAFA New England Interviewed on WPKZ Radio
Jan Hanson, Board President and David Guydan, Executive Director, were interviewed by Sherman Witman on WPKZ Radio (Fitchburg, MA) for their “Lunch Box” program. Jan and David talked about asthma and allergy conditions, triggers, and how to treat these conditions. They also mentioned upcoming AAFA New England events. Listen to the full interview here.


Speaker Series

Hidden Allergens: What You Need To Know
Presented by Giovanni Traverso, MD, BChir, PhD, Division of Gastroenterology at the Brigham and Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and a representative of CVS/Pharmacy
About: a panel discussion based on a new study of hidden allergens in medications and common products including beauty products, soaps, over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, liquid medicines, etc.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Bowles Conference Center, Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA
RSVP here.

Living with Allergic Disease: The Role of specific IgE
Presented by Lakiea Wright, MD, MAT, MPH, US Medical Director of Clinical Affairs, Immuno Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific
About: Watch presentation online to learn the role of specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) in allergic disease, including asthma, environmental allergies, and food allergies. We’ll also discuss specific IgE blood testing, including the latest advances in molecular diagnostics, a.k.a. allergen component testing.

Digital Health and Patient Engagement Panel Discussion
Presented by Jyotsna Mehta, founder of Keva Health; Dr. Dhrumil Shah, CIO, Compass Medical; and David Guydan, Executive Director, AAFA New England
About: Watch presentation online to learn about the importance of digital health and how patients can engage with tools such as smartphones and smart devices that make it possible to collect data securely at any time and providing real-time feedback. The importance of digital platforms to providers and payers is also discussed.

Asthma Basics: When to Pay Close Attention; When to Start to Worry
Presented by Beth Klements, MS, PPCNP-BC, AE-C, Asthma Clinical Nurse
About: Watch presentation online for an overview of asthma, and what parents should know. The presentation covers the definition of asthma, what triggers it, medications, and what else to do to control it.

Flying with Food Allergies: Planning Summer Travel
Presented by Laurel Francoeur, Attorney, Francoeur Law
About: Watch presentation online to learn about the rights of passengers with food allergies while flying; how to fly safely with allergies; how allergic reactions are handled in the air; and what you can do to minimize your chance of having an in-flight reaction.


Check out our 2019 Fall newsletter!
Past Newsletters: 2019 Spring2019 Winter, 2018 Fall2018 Spring and 2017 Winter
Become a member of AAFA New England and receive your own copy of the Asthma & Allergy Bulletin three times a year! Professional members receive a limited supply of copies to give to patients.

Be Smart and Breathe Easy Asthma Program

In 2018, AAFA New England conducted the “Be Smart and Breathe Easy Asthma Program” in three inner-city Boston schools. Original resource documents were created to help schools manage their students affected by this chronic condition. These resources, written in both English and Spanish, address both disease management and asthma environmental trigger remediation. It is our goal that these resource documents will extend our reach to help improve the quality of life for students with the diagnosis of asthma. Click here to access these resources for your own information.

Sponsors and Partners
AAFA New England gratefully acknowledges our generous supporters.



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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.