In the Community: Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN, 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

Nearly 100 people completed the survey. Highlights of the data include:

  • General anxiety and fear of eating are biggest concerns of children with food allergies

  • Less than 50 percent of parents of children with food allergy indicated that their school recognizes food allergy as a disability, keep food out of classroom celebrations and activities, and provide allergy awareness information to students

  • Educational programing for K-12 staff and students was selected as one of the most valuable resource in helping manage food allergies

  • Confidence that the ambulance personnel could provide appropriate treatment was indexed lowest in the emergency response/ambulatory care experience

Community Engagement Focus

The CEC identified three goals to focus on in the three-year plan. Within those three goals are multiple objectives, some of which are summarized below.

Goals 1: Help schools provide a safer and more inclusive environment for school-aged children with food allergies.

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

  • Have a presence at school-related professional conferences

  • Share Teal Pumpkin and Be a Pal materials with schools in underserved communities

  • Host an annual back-to-school workshop to address food allergy management challenges

  • Work with local school superintendents to gain support for food allergy policies

Goal 2: Increase the knowledge of the local restaurant staff on food allergies, their severity and training programs available to them.

  • Have a presence at restaurant-related conferences/events to disseminate resources and food allergy online training options

  • Research and initiate steps toward legislation requiring food service mangers to undergo food allergy training

Goal 3: Increase emergency responder’s access to food allergy training and resources to help them identify and treat anaphylactic emergencies

  • Assess local EMS food allergy training requirements and emergency response processes

  • Have a presence at EMS-related conferences

Community Engagement Council (CEC) Members

  • Erica Andert
  • Amy Applegate
  • Sarah Bosslet, M.D.
  • Kimberly Brickler
  • Jennifer Bute, Ph.D.
  • Shelby DeVon
  • Angela Canfield
  • Nabeel Farooqui, M.D.
  • David Gray
  • Elizabeth Isbister, M.D
  • Whitney Keogh, R.N.
  • Sheri Kraft
  • Fred Leickly, M.D.
  • Cara McNichols
  • Kate Shepherd