FARE hosts free educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about.
Webinars are recorded and later posted on our website to serve as an educational resource.
“Novel Treatments for Food Allergies”
Wednesday, December 11, 1 p.m. ET
This month’s webinar will provide attendees with information about the current research towards a cure for food allergy. Wesley Burks, MD will describe the theories behind the research, present early data on results, discuss the prospects for future research and answer your questions. Dr. Burks is Curnen Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Burks also serves as Chair of FARE's Research Advisory Board.
“Safely Navigating the Restaurant Scene”
Wednesday, November 6, 1 p.m. ET
This webinar, featuring Chef Joel Schaefer, provided attendees with practical tips for having a safe and enjoyable experience while dining out with food allergies. Joel has been in the food service industry for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and Valencia Community College with an AS in Culinary Management, a Certified Chef de Cuisine, and a Certified Hospitality Trainer. Joel’s experience includes being a culinary instructor at Kapiolani Community College, hosting a healthy cooking television segment called “Simply Food” in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Manager of Product Development and Special Diets for Walt Disney World Resort and an adjunct culinary nutrition instructor for Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.
Over the past few years, Joel has been a guest speaker, an emcee and a culinary demonstrator for various events and organizations such as the Gluten-Free Culinary Summit, the American Culinary Federation, the National Restaurant Association, Oldways and Whole Grains Council and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Joel is currently working on an educational food allergy and recipe book and is the Research & Development Chef for AllergyFree Foods.
“All About Anaphylaxis: Understanding the Risks, Symptoms & Treatment”
Wednesday, October 9, 1 p.m. ET
In our October webinar, Dr. Robert A. Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focused on anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that is potentially fatal.
Dr. Wood discussed the risks, symptoms, and treatment of anaphylaxis; dispelled myths; and answered questions from the audience. The slides from Dr. Wood’s presentation can be viewed here.
"Tools, Tips & Tactics for Effective Advocacy”
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. EDT
Note: Technical difficulties have prevented the recorded webinar from being posted. We hope to have this addressed soon. In the meantime, the slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.
Improving the public policy environment for people with food allergies requires dedication and commitment, but it can be made much easier with strategies that amplify our voices to help lawmakers better understand our cause. This webinar covered topics such as building a grassroots network, meeting and communicating with legislators, working with other advocates, leveraging the media and “lobbying.”
The webinar was led by George Dahlman, FARE’s vice president of advocacy and government relations. He has worked in public affairs for more than 30 years; on Capitol Hill, in healthcare, aerospace and public transportation.
“Supporting Children, Adolescents and Parents in the Daily Management of Food Allergies”
Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. EDT
Food allergies are not only potentially life-threatening – they’re life-altering, and managing food allergies can be emotionally draining. Dr. Linda Herbert, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., addressed the common challenges of managing food allergies. The presentation covered anxiety, issues at school, bullying, peer social activities and more. Dr. Herbert will also provided webinar attendees with a preliminary set of strategies to help cope with daily stress.
Dr. Herbert recently joined the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center, where she is building a clinical practice and research team designed to address the mental health needs of children with food allergies and their families.
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Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from