In the Community: Dallas

Dallas, TX, is one of nine communities across the country in FARE's community engagement initiative. FARE staff are working with local volunteers and FARE Clinical Network sites to raise awareness of food allergies.

Community Needs Assessment Findings

Dallas had 126 individuals respond to the community needs assessment survey. Highlights include:

  • Dallas schools overall only “adequately” managed allergies

  • Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing among health care professional was indexed the highest among all nine communities surveyed

  • Less than 10 percent of parents reported that their school keeps food out of classroom celebrations and activities (compared to 32 percent in other surveyed communities

Community Engagement Focus

To address the needs identified in the Community Needs Assessment, the Dallas Community Engagement Council developed the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1: Improve environment for students with food allergies in K-12 schools through education and awareness

  • Train members of the CEC to present the FARE Education Network program to local schools

  • Increase awareness of food allergies for school communities with an emphasis on peers and students by sending materials, to include Teal Pumpkin Project, Food Allergy Awareness Week and Be a Pal program

Goal 2: Increase readiness for high school students and parents to transition into college

  • Have an informational table at events reaching pre-college aged students; pursue speaking opportunities at these events when available

  • Share information on FARE’s College Search with parents and students, as well as area colleges.

Goal 3: Increase food allergy education and awareness among food banks/pantries

  • Provide education about food allergies to food bank and pantry staff

Community Engagement Council (CEC) Members

  • Drew Bird, M.D.
  • Trisha Neil, R.N.
  • Michelle Neidig-Jernigan
  • Malea Kuykendall
  • Pooja Paranjpe, M.D.
  • Bonnie Sayers
  • Karen Meacham
  • Josh Sylvester
  • Susan Wilson. R.D.