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.
Fall Gala 2023 Photos!
To view Fall Gala 2023 photos, including those of our Keynote Speaker and three Champions of the Asthma and Allergy Community and attendees click here.
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Environmental Allergies and Patients with Asthma and Healthcare Journaling
Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Tina M Banzon, MD: Allergist and Attending Physician, Division of Immunology, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Tatiana Saverino, AOCNP, CRNP, MSN, MJ: Patient Engagement Liaison with GSK
Join us as our expert speakers explore the role of the environment on asthma and discuss how healthcare journaling can be used as a tool to achieve better health outcomes!
Bring your questions!
Role of the environment on asthma
- Review targeted environmental therapy
- Examine environmental control measures to suppress environmental exposures
- Identify novel and modifiable exposures that contribute to asthma morbidity in children
- What is Healthcare Journaling?
- How to use healthcare journaling to achieve better health outcomes!
AAFA New England is actively engaging in advocacy outreach to help all those affected by Allergies and Asthma by supporting the following bills in both the Massachusetts and Federal Government.
AAFA New England ADVOCACY
MA H.2393: An Act Relative to Improving Asthma in Schools
MA S.293: An Act Ensuring Safe Patient Access to Emergency Care “Laura’s Law”
MA S.1389: An Act to Improve Food Allergy Awareness
MA S.299: An Act to Establish Food Allergy Plans
US Federal Bills: CDC’s National Asthma Control Act; Elijah J. Cummings Family Asthma Act, S.578 FASTER Act
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.
Educational Webinar ProgramRegister for our next Event!
October 26 at 4:00pm
Beyond Tuskegee: The Impact of Institutional Trustworthiness and Everyday Racism on Racial Diversity in Research in Allergies and Asthma
April 18th at 7:00pm
Making the transition to college when you also have food allergies can require extra thought and planning. This webinar featured current college students with food allergies who shared their strategies for making a successful transition from high school to college.
And download our College Allergy Research Document HERE!
November 14th at 7:00pm
This presentation provided age-specific, evidence-based and practical recommendations for managing and coping with food allergies at different developmental stages, provided strategies for gradually involving children in food allergy management over time, and introduced the Food Allergy Stages Educational Handouts created by the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee, a new educational resource for caregivers.
October 13th at 7:00pm
A panel of experts discussed best practices for eating out and traveling with food allergies. As well as information about ongoing advocacy work and how restaurants are working to help people with food allergies enjoy eating out.
June 6th at 7:00pm
Dr. Rima Rachid explains food allergy clinical trials and explores cutting-edge trials currently taking place!
Clear and Effective Patient and Caregiver Conversations –
Andrea Rodriguez explored how to elevate patient engagement and the importance of health-literate discussions.
April 20th at 12:00 pm
November 18th at 7:00pm
Andrea Rodriguez, RN, BSN explores how changes in health insurance may affect your coverage and costs to gain an understanding of Health Insurance Terms, listen to examples of Health Insurance Options, know when you can change Your Health Insurance Plan and learn how to decide between Health Insurance Options.
Tuesday, October 26th, 12:00 pm via Zoom
A panel of three doctors: Dr. Quindelyn Cook, Dr. Margee Louisias: Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dr. Lakiea Wright, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital discussed social determinants of health, structural racism, and implicit bias play major roles in preventing health equity. Over the past decade, there have been some advances in U.S. public policy, health care and research, but racial gaps in asthma and allergy outcomes have not changed. Minority groups continue to bear disproportionate hardship in managing asthma and allergies. A panel of three doctors will have a roundtable discussion on health disparities as they relate to asthma and allergies.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 pm via Zoom
AAFA New England was proud to host Dr.Chris Olsen, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of The Food Allergy Science Institute (FASI), which brings together experts across disciplines to discover the underlying mechanisms of food allergies with the goal of unlocking the field and bringing new possibilities for diagnostics, prevention and treatment.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 pm via Zoom
Dr. Scott reviewed the multiple triggers of difficult to control eczema and the differential diagnosis including skin barrier problems, infectious triggers, food triggers, environmental and contact allergen triggers, and management strategies.
Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Online via Zoom.
This program discusses how social determinants of health, structural racism, and implicit bias play major roles in preventing health equity. Over the past decade, there have been some advances in U.S. public policy, health care, and research, but racial gaps in asthma and allergy outcomes have not changed. Minority groups continue to bear disproportionate hardship in managing asthma and allergies. A panel of four doctors will have a roundtable discussion on health disparities as they relate to asthma and allergies. Watch the recording here.
COVID-19 Resource Information Page
AAFA New England recognizes that the community we serve is particularly concerned about the impact of COVID-19. We too are concerned about the health and safety of people with asthma and allergies and their families. We have compiled some information you may find useful. As always, we recommend you visit reputable websites such as the CDC and WHO to get the most up-to-day and accurate information. COVID-19 Resources>
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