The newly created AAFA New England Speaker Series is one of the ways AAFA New England helps educate people in the community. By offering informational talks by experts in the field on various topics, we are able to provide our membership and the community up to date information and asthma and allergy management tools. Funded by grants and donations, AAFA New England is able to offer free programs like this to the people of all six New England states who live with asthma and allergies – helping them to live fuller, healthier lives.
“Supporting Children with Food Allergies at School: Strategies to Promote Safety, Inclusion, and Confidence”
Presented by Jennifer LeBovidge, PhD, psychologist in the Food Allergy Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Food Allergy Center
About: What the presentation online to learn information and strategies to keep children safe, support social inclusion, and promote positive coping with food allergy in the school setting.
“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: Watch the presentation online to learn about a new study of hidden allergens in medications and common products including beauty products, soaps, over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, liquid medicines, etc.
“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.