In the Community: San Diego
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
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
- 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