In the Community: San Diego

San Diego, CA, 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

More than 45 respondents completed the Community Needs Assessment. Finding included:

  • 4 in 10 parents reported receiving adequate information at the time of diagnosis

  • 38 percent of parents responded that their child/children with food allergy experience anxiety and 28 percent reported a fear of eating

  • Parents report that while schools are adequately managing food allergies, there is still room for improvement and are interested in greater education and awareness in K-12 schools

  • Greatest areas of concern for parents include dining out safely, accuracy of food labels and safety at school

Community Engagement Focus

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

Goal 1: Increase education and awareness of food allergies to ensure safer dining options for those affected by food allergy

  • Disseminate food allergy resources to restaurants and the local food service industry

  • Partner with the San Francisco CEC to work towards statewide legislation around food allergy awareness training for restaurants

Goal 2: Increase education and awareness of food allergies in schools serving pre-K through 12 in San Diego County

  • Present the FARE Education Network presentation to interested schools

  • Use FARE’s awareness campaigns, like Teal Pumpkin Project and Be a Pal, to improve awareness of food allergies among peers

  • Attend professional conferences to connect with school leaders

  • Host an annual workshop on navigating the school system for parents

Goal 3: Increase education and psychosocial support for individuals affected by food allergy

  • Host a social/networking event with a brief educational program for parents of children with food allergies and adults with food allergies

  • Host a social event for children and youth with food allergies

  • Disseminate Food Allergy Field Guides to healthcare providers

  • Present food allergy information at community-based events

Community Engagement Council (CEC) Members

  • Monica Davis
  • Pam Fleming, R.N.
  • Michelle Gerstley
  • Shinobu Horne
  • Michelle Knight
  • Michael Land, M.D.
  • Susan Laubach, M.D.
  • Sydney Leibel, M.D.
  • Stephanie Leonard, M.D.
  • Laura Proctor, Ph.D.
  • Pia Samuels
  • Jennifer Savant
  • Esther Trevino