CDC’s Toolkit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 2013, the CDC published Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs, the first national comprehensive guidelines for school food allergy management, which provide practical information and strategies for schools while reinforcing federal laws and regulations. In April 2015, CDC announced the release of their Tool Kit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools, a resource created to help schools implement the recommended policies, practices and procedures found in the voluntary guidelines. Please join us next month as Robin Wallin provides an overview of the Tool Kit, highlighting how it can be used to educate specific school audiences on ways to prevent and manage severe allergic reactions in schools. The tool kit includes tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts for school superintendents, administrators, teachers and paraeducators, school nutrition professionals, school transportation staff and school mental health professionals.
Robin Wallin is the Director of Health Services for Parkway District Schools in St. Louis County, Mo. She has 18 years of experience as a school nurse and district school health leader for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Va. In 2014, Robin served as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Public Health Fellow at the CDC. She worked in the Division of Population Health's School Health Branch where she worked to help create the CDC's Food Allergy Toolkit to bring the contents of the CDC's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to specific school audiences. Wallin is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a nationally certified school nurse and a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from Yale University School of Nursing.
The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.