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On April 30, 2013, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) hosted a free webinar in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with guest speakers Charlotte Collins, JD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc. We thank them for their expertise and for sharing valuable information with our community on the topic of school and state policies for stocking epinephrine in schools for allergic emergencies.

RESOURCES FROM VIDEO: Find out if your state is considering legislation to allow schools to stock undesignated epinephrine.  AAFA provides a template letter, bill updates, and information on how to contact your legislator to encourage the passing of your state's bill. Contact AAFA for information specific to your state or for advocacy assistance. 


Sign up for AAFA's advocacy mailing list. Online modules provide free training for school staff on how to manage food allergies in school. 


AllergyHome's School Education Chart: Food allergy education tailored to specific groups in schools
KFA Support Forums: KFA provides support forums for parents to connect on topics of advocacy, school issues and more.  (Registration is free.)

AAFA's State Honor Roll: Where does your state stand? AAFA publishes an annual report to identify states with the most comprehensive and preferred statewide public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis risk and related allergic diseases in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.  The 2013 report will be out soon.


Managing Food Allergies in Schools: KFA's previous webinars on the topic of food allergies in schools provide additional information on food allergy basics, school policies, best practices and more. 


Massachusetts Data on Epinephrine Administration in Schools (PDF): 

After administering epinephrine, all Massachusetts schools are required to report it to the MA Department of Public Health. These reports have found that the numbers of individuals who had life-threatening anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) without a previous allergy history is 25%.  The reports have also found that of the individuals receiving epinephrine, most were students, but staff and visitors also experienced anaphylaxis on school campus.
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Our Guest Speakers:

Charlotte W. Collins, JD is Vice President of Policy and Programs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).  For over a decade, she worked with advocates to expand health coverage for the uninsured in the State of Tennessee, acted as general counsel, and ran government relations for a safety net hospital system in Memphis. 


Collins directs AAFAโ€™s state advocacy promoting access to epinephrine at schools.  Currently, she authors AAFA's annual State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools, serves on the Coordinating Committee of the National Institutes of Healthโ€™s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and the Public Policy Committee of the American Thoracic Society.  In 1995, she won the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  In April 2006, Modern Healthcare magazine named her as one of the nationโ€™s Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives


Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc is a pediatric allergist, and chair of KFA's medical advisory team. He is the father of a child with food allergies and serves as a voluntary consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Services.

Dr. Pistiner is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics where he is a member of the Council of School Health and the Section of Allergy & Immunology, and is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology where he is a member of the Adverse Reaction to Food Committee. He is chair of the Medical Advisory Team for Kids with Food Allergies Foundation, and serves on the board of Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter. Dr. Pistiner is the author of Everyday Cool with Food Allergies, a children's book designed to teach basic food allergy management skills to preschool and early school age children, and is co-creator of, a website that provides free modules designed to increase food allergy awareness in the community.


Our next webinar will be held on May 28 with Dr. Michael Pistiner and Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano on the topic of Babysitter and Caregiver tips.  We will make announcements when registration is open for this next event.



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