Tools & Resources

Educational Webinars

FARE hosts free educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about. FARE Members have the benefit of advanced registration for each webinar. 

Webinars are recorded and later posted on our website to serve as an educational resource.

Upcoming Webinars

Information on December's webinar will be posted soon.

Past Webinars

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…Allergy Tips for Teens
Speakers: Kyle Dine
Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m. ET

In this webinar, our presenter speaks from the perspective of someone who has grown up with food allergies and learned many lessons along the way. He stresses the importance of staying positive and keeping things in perspective, while staying safe with allergies. He will share stories that teens can relate to, and provide sound advice that will help prepare teens for risks while balancing a normal teenage life.

Kyle DineKyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students about food allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-aware school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Food Allergy Canada since 2008, including coordination of the organization’s teen education and outreach programs. In December 2014, he successfully crowdfunded a food allergy awareness video for elementary schools entitled Kyle Dine & Friends - Allergy Awareness with Music, Puppets and Games. He is also the founder of - a website that provides translation cards for travelers with allergies.

Understanding and Managing Sesame Allergy
Speakers: Robert Wood, M.D.
Wednesday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET

A 2010 survey showed that hundreds of thousands of Americans are affected by sesame allergy, and several reports have shown that sesame allergy has increased significantly in the worldwide population over the past two decades. This webinar will include information on understanding the documented increase in sesame allergy prevalence, insights on food labeling for sesame, understanding risks associated with and strategies for individuals with sesame to be mindful of in practicing avoidance of their allergen.

Robert Wood, M.D.Dr. Robert Wood is a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Wood is an internationally recognized expert in food allergy and childhood asthma and has published more than 100 manuscripts in scientific journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, as well as two books and numerous book chapters. He is deputy editor of the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and was previously an associate editor of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Wood has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and is on the board of directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Adults with Food Allergies: Not Only Surviving, but Thriving
Speakers: Stephanie Leonard, M.D.
Wednesday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET

Approximately 3-4% of adults, or 9 million Americans, live with potentially life-threatening food allergies. This webinar will discuss challenges faced by adults at work, at play, and in relationships. We will review strategies for engaging friends, family, food service personnel, and healthcare providers in order to live a safe and fulfilling life.

Robin WallinDr. Stephanie Leonard has been living with a life-threatening peanut allergy since childhood and has dedicated her career to helping others with food allergies live safe, happy and fulfilling lives. She is currently the director of the Food Allergy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital and is an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Diego. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she also did her Pediatric residency. She completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York under the mentorship of Hugh Sampson, one of the top leaders in food allergy. Dr. Leonard oversees clinical trials in food allergy treatment in children and conducts food allergy research. Her goal is to help find a cure for food allergy.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from


The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

CDC’s Toolkit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
Speakers: Robin Wallin, DNP Director of Health Services Parkway District Schools
Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m. ET

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 WallinRobin 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.

Emergency Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Trends in Care and Steps to Improve It Among EMS Agencies and Hospitals
Speakers: Jen Jobrack and Jon Nolan
Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m. ET

In 2014, FARE convened representatives from two dozen leading organizations, institutions and medical facilities for the Emergency Management of Anaphylaxis Summit in Chicago. The results of the summit include recommendations that address understanding of anaphylaxis among those at risk and the general public, as well as recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis by pre-hospital and emergency department personnel. Speakers will present key findings from the summit, as well as follow-up activities underway, and share how you can support these efforts.

Jen Jobrack is the Senior National Director of Advocacy at FARE. She manages the state, municipal, and industry-specific policy portfolio focused on the inclusion and safety of people with food allergies. Current campaigns include access to epinephrine in schools, college and university preparedness for students with food allergies, and restaurant accommodations, among others. Jen works with and staffs a national coalition of advocates, public officials and industry leaders on best practices in legislation, strategy and implementation.

Jon Nolan is a Paramedic/Medical Services Officer with King County Medic One. He is currently assigned to the Seattle/King County Public Health Emergency Medical Service’s Division managing BLS Training activities in King County, WA. and has been with King County for the past 18 years. He received his Paramedic certification from Tacoma Community College in 1996 and the University of Washington’s Paramedic Training Program at Harborview Medical Center in 1997 and is working on his B.S. in Business Administration. After starting his medical career in the Air Force as a Medical Service Specialist and Instructor for the Medical Service Specialist program, Jon has worked and taught in various healthcare settings including; in-hospital, pre-hospital, military, civilian, volunteer firefighter and private ambulance, hospital based and third service EMS programs.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Managing the Emotional Impact of Living with a Food Allergy
Speaker: Jeanne Herzog, PhD
Wednesday, June 17, 1 p.m. ET

Anxiety, [ang-zahy-i-tee], noun, plural anxieties. "A feeling of worry or unease about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome . . . an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt and one's capacity to cope with it." Sound familiar? A little bit of anxiety keeps us on our toes; too much knocks us down. This webinar will help you understand the emotional impact of living with a food allergy. Then, it will teach you how to develop an Emotional Safety Plan to help you prepare for and reduce that impact.

Jeanne HerzogJeanne Herzog, PhD is a lifespan psychologist in private practice in Wisconsin. She holds a master’s degree indevelopmental psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee. One of her specialties is the field of health psychology, helping people with the psychological adjustment to health and medical conditions, including having a severe food allergy. She has worked with children and families for 36 years in the public school system as a teacher, in medical hospitals as a child life specialist and as a psychologist in private practice. Dr. Herzog focuses on the emotional stress of living with a food allergy and helps children, teens and adults with allergies, and the families that support them, create safety plans to deal with that stress. A regular presenter for the Southeast Chapter of the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin, Dr. Herzog has presented at Wisconsin's 2014 Regional Food Allergy Conference (sponsored by FARE's Community Outreach Program) and the 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference in Long Beach, CA.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Food Allergies in the Workplace
Speaker: Mary Vargas
Wednesday, May 27, 1 p.m. ET

Federal law provides job applicants and employees with disabilities with the right to reasonable accommodations and with protection from discrimination on the basis of disability. This webinar will introduce the rights of applicants and employees with disabilities, with special focus on food allergies.

Mary Vargas is a partner with Stein & Vargas, LLP, a civil rights law firm committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of American society. Vargas advocates for individuals who were discriminated against on the basis of disability through high stakes federal court litigation and is committed to ensuring full and equal access for all individuals. She has litigated cases pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act throughout the United States, achieving important victories that have advanced the rights of individuals with disabilities. Vargas is a 1998 Skadden Fellow and a 1994 Truman Scholar. She is the recipient of the Advocacy for Persons with Pain Award from the American Academy of Pain Management. Vargas co-founded the Allergy Law Project and has a special interest in the rights of individuals and families impacted by food allergies.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from


Dorm Life and Dining Plans: Planning for College with Food Allergies
Speaker: Kristi Grim, College Outreach Manager, FARE
Wednesday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET

Choosing a school and planning for campus living is an exciting time for the college-bound student, but when you have food allergies, questions about how to navigate residence life, dining halls, and social situations tend to be at the forefront. Kristi Grim, FARE's College Outreach Manager, will provide a program update on the FARE College Program as it enters its pilot stage, and address some aspects of college life that will be covered through the program for students with food allergies. The presentation will address the role dining services, residence life, health services, disability services and emergency services all play, and provide some best practices for students and parents in working with your school to request accommodations.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Your Passport to Safe Travel: Traveling the Globe with Food Allergies
Speaker: Lori Enriquez, MPH, RD, LDN, CHES, FAND
Wednesday, March 11, 1 p.m. ET

Our presenter will discuss how she has traveled the globe with a life-threatening peanut allergy, covering topics such as planning before you go on your trip and tips for successful food allergy travel. Our presenter will discuss some of the lessons she has learned in her travels to Africa, Australia, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, and within the United States.

Lori Enriquez is a registered dietitian and a certified health education specialist with dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Nutrition & Food Science and Information Systems from Drexel University graduating and with a Master in Public Health from the Temple University. With an allergy to peanuts and gluten intolerance, Lori is an active contributor in the nutrition community, a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, and a lifelong FARE member.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from


Partnerships for Progress: A School Nurse’s Perspective on Supporting Students with Food Allergy
Speaker: Cathy Owens, RN, M.Ed.
Wednesday, February 18, 1 p.m. ET

This session will discuss the school nurse's role and perspective in partnering with parents and schools to care for students with life-threatening food allergies. The presenter will also speak on her experiences advocating for schools to stock epinephrine for unknown cases of anaphylaxis.

Cathy Owens, RN, M.Ed. is Coordinator of Health Services and the Lead Credentialed School Nurse for Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California. Cathy is also a National Epinephrine Resource School Nurse, and has spoken at the FARE National Food Allergy Conference and the National School Nurse Conference on food allergies and anaphylaxis. A school nurse for over 25 years, Cathy is passionate about food allergies and student safety. She has lobbied on Capitol Hill for more support in schools for students with food allergies and helped write the state standards for training for anaphylaxis in California.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


New Directions, New Hope
Speaker: James R. Baker, Jr., M.D.
Wednesday, January 21, 1 p.m. ET

Join FARE's new Chief Executive Officer, James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., as he gives FARE's annual food allergy research update.

Prior to serving as interim CEO and interim chief medical officer, Baker was a member of FARE’s Research Advisory Board, helping set the research strategy for the organization and reviewing research proposals. A board-certified allergist and accomplished researcher with more than three decades in the field, Baker has been instrumental in the development and execution of “A Vision and Plan for Food Allergy Research,” FARE’s ambitious strategic plan for advancing the field of food allergy research published in 2013. Baker also has been a strong advocate for improving food allergy education, promoting food allergy advocacy initiatives and increasing awareness of the potentially life-threatening nature of food allergies.

Baker recently served as senior vice president and global vaccine head at Merck Corporation. Previous to that he directed the Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Michigan and was CEO of NanoBio Corporation. For over 20 years he was the Ruth Dow Doan Professor and chief of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Michigan, where he started the Food Allergy Research Center. He retains his professorship and serves in an emeritus capacity at the university.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


The Rights of Individuals with Food Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the ADA 

Speaker: William Lynch
Wednesday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET

This presentation will explore the rights of individuals with food allergy-related disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In particular, the presentation will discuss recent decisions such as the Lesley University voluntary settlement (for which the presenter was lead attorney) and guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice in higher education, child care, and in restaurant settings. The presentation will include a question and answer session.

William Lynch is a trial attorney with the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and has been with the department for six years. Among other things, he is responsible for investigation, litigation, and technical assistance of matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. He has asserted the United States' interests and resolved matters in the following subject matter areas: accessible technology; primary, secondary, and higher education; emergency management; corrections; architectural accessibility; service animal access; and effective communication in courts. Prior to joining the department, he served as judicial law clerk advising and consulting with judges on the resolution of disputes arising in various types of litigation.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


The Balancing Act: Nutrition and Food Allergy
Speaker: Mary Beth Feuling, MS, RD, CSP, CD
Wednesday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET

What are the common misunderstandings, confusions and hang-ups in the world of nutrition and food allergies? How can you ensure that there is adequate nutrition while avoiding your food allergens? This session will discuss evidence-based practice regarding nutrition needs, practical tips for meeting nutrition intake requirements and the role of the dietitian in caring for patients.

Mary Beth Feuling, MS, RD, CSP, CD is an advanced practice dietitian in the Quality Improvement and Research Department at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Mary Beth is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country and a member of FARE’s Education Working Group.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


CDC Guidelines: The Gold Standard for Food Allergy Management in Schools
Speaker: Karie Mulkowsky, CDC Project Manager for FARE 
Wednesday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET

On October 30, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (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. Join Karie on September 10th as she highlights some of the most important aspects of the CDC guidelines and shows how it can help make your school a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies. Highlights from the guidelines include:

  • Developing a Food Allergy Management and Prevention Plan (FAMPP)
  • Following Federal Laws
  • Recommendations for Safety and Inclusion
  • Actions for District and School Administrators and Staff

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School
Speaker: Gina Clowes 

Wednesday, August 20, 1 p.m. ET

Gina Clowes, FARE's Director of Education, will share the must-know facts for establishing a safe and inclusive school environment.

  • What are "accommodations" and how does a parent know what to ask for?
  • What is a Section 504 plan (or other accommodation plan) and does every child at risk for anaphylaxis need one?
  • What are the critical components of an accommodation plan?
  • Why a Food Allergy Action plan is not enough to ensure inclusion.
  • What are the federal laws that protect children with food allergies?
  • The CDC's "Recommended Practices" for safety and inclusion.


Managing Food Allergies in the Early Care Setting
Speaker: Gina Mennett Lee & Laurel Francoeur
Wednesday, July 9, 1 p.m. ET

Managing food allergies in the preschool setting can be challenging. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is critical to a child’s growth and development. This presentation will address the important roles of both the parents and the providers in creating a successful learning environment for children with food allergies. We will discuss current research, best practices, recommendations from the CDC guidelines and practical management tips. We will also discuss the rights of children with food allergies and applicable laws.

Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and bachelor’s degrees in both elementary and special education. She is the founder of the Food Allergy Education Network, and the director of the National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council. In addition, she is the owner of a private food allergy consulting firm, Mennett Lee, LLC and serves as an expert contributor to AllergyHome. She recently served as an expert witness in the landmark Iowa food allergy case, Knudsen vs. Tiger Tots Community Child Care Center Corporation and has appeared in or contributed to numerous television, online and print media sources regarding the topic of food allergy management. Gina is co-author of the soon-to-be released Food Allergy Management in Early Care Settings.

Laurel Francoeur graduated from M.I.T. with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy. She is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and served on their board of directors. She is currently a patient advocate for AAFA and education project manager of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. She also is co-owner of Greenlaurel Documents, an online allergy resource company specializing in customized food allergy plans. Laurel is co-author of the soon-to-be released, Food Allergy Management in Early Care Settings.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis & the 911 Lottery
Speaker: Judi Miller
Wednesday, June 4, 1 p.m. ET

Picture the scene. You, or your child, are experiencing symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. You go to grab your auto-injector from your purse and it’s not there. After a moment of panic, your pull out your cell phone instead and call 911. The dispatchers reassure you an ambulance is on its way. Everything’s going to be OK. Right?

This webinar will take a look at some of the issues of epinephrine availability and administration by EMS providers, including the legislation, guidance documents, and some individual state initiatives. Results from a recent survey of almost 1,000 pre-hospital caregivers will also be presented. Finally, it will provide some tips to help you navigate the 911 lottery.

Judi Miller is a registered nurse, EMT and EMS educator. She is a co-author of the 2013 publication: “Customizing Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Emergency Medicine” and a tireless advocate for ensuring that all ambulances and emergency medicine personnel are authorized to carry and administer epinephrine.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Sneak Preview of FARE’s National Food Allergy Education Conference
Speaker: Mike Spigler, FARE's Vice President of Education
Wednesday, May 14, 1 p.m. ET

Join FARE's Vice President of Education, Mike Spigler, during Food Allergy Awareness Week for a webinar previewing FARE’s National Education Conference. Scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET, this webinar will cover what to expect and how to make the most of this exciting two-day event, including some "hidden gems" that you may not have noticed. In addition to giving an in-depth preview of the conference, Mike will provide an update on FARE's other education initiatives. At the end of the webinar, Mike will be available to answer questions and take your suggestions about future programming.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


The Epidemiology of Food Allergies
Speaker: Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH
Wednesday, April 9, 1 p.m. ET

Dr Ruchi Gupta PICLearn about the epidemiology of food allergies, statistics on how many people have food allergies, the characteristics of those who may be at higher risk and data on the impact of food allergies on families.

About Dr. Ruchi Gupta
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Center for Healthcare Studies and the Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she also serves as a clinical attending. Dr. Gupta has significant experience with community-engaged research. Her research and clinical interests include childhood food allergy and asthma and their management in a school-based context.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Your Right to Be Safe: Food Allergies and the Law
Speaker: M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen
Wednesday, March 12, 1 p.m. ET

Federal disability laws provide protection for individuals with life-threatening food allergies but they can be tough to navigate and are often difficult to understand. This webinar will set forth the basic framework of the laws and will provide guidance on seeking accommodations for food allergies in schools and the workplace.

About M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen:
M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen provides litigation support to the Insurance Defense and General and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups with Boardman & Clark, LLP in Madison, WI. She has practiced in the litigation area for 8 years and has provided support in a wide-range of civil and appellate cases.

Tess also provides legal guidance with respect to issues under the ADA, ADAAA and the Rehabilitation Act. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on this area of the law.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Due to technical issues, only audio is currently available for this webinar below. However, you may access the slides from the webinar while listening.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


Safe and Sound: Relationships, Dating and Intimacy Challenges
Associated with Having Severe Food Allergies
Wednesday, February 12

In this webinar, viewers will be provided a framework for maintaining healthy relationships while navigating life with severe food allergies.

  • To review foundational components of a healthy relationship.
  • To review essential conversations to have within a healthy relationship regarding a person’s food allergy.
  • To focus on adult relationships, while highlighting special challenges teens and young adults might face.

Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself.

Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples and group counseling in both private and school settings.

Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics of coping with anxiety, and resolving conflict in relationships as it relates to living with life threatening food allergies. She has penned three books, her most recent, Growing Up Ben, is written in the form of a mother’s letters to her son, and follows a family’s developmental process through anxiety and restricted living to autonomy and intentional living. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Addressing Food Allergens in Restaurants:
Training and Legislation
January 8, 2014

In this webinar, the National Restaurant Association's David Crownover and FARE's VP of Advocacy, George Dahlman, will discuss the efforts currently underway to train restaurants and their staff about food allergies.

David Crownover, ServSafe Product Manager, will also discuss the impetus for the NRA's ServSafe Allergens Online training program, provide an overview of what is covered in the training, and talk about future initiatives.

George Dahlman will give an overview of FARE's efforts to address food allergies in restaurants through future legislative efforts and describe how you can help become an advocate in this endeavor. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


“Novel Treatments for Food Allergies” 
December 11, 2013

This month’s webinar will provide attendees with information about the current research towards a cure for food allergy. Wesley Burks, MD will describe the theories behind the research, present early data on results, discuss the prospects for future research and answer your questions. Dr. Burks is Curnen Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Burks also serves as Chair of FARE's Research Advisory Board. Dr. Burks slides can be viewed here.


“Safely Navigating the Restaurant Scene” 
November 6, 2013

This webinar, featuring Chef Joel Schaefer, provided attendees with practical tips for having a safe and enjoyable experience while dining out with food allergies. Joel has been in the food service industry for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and Valencia Community College with an AS in Culinary Management, a Certified Chef de Cuisine, and a Certified Hospitality Trainer. Joel’s experience includes being a culinary instructor at Kapiolani Community College, hosting a healthy cooking television segment called “Simply Food” in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Manager of Product Development and Special Diets for Walt Disney World Resort and an adjunct culinary nutrition instructor for Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.

Over the past few years, Joel has been a guest speaker, an emcee and a culinary demonstrator for various events and organizations such as the Gluten-Free Culinary Summit, the American Culinary Federation, the National Restaurant AssociationOldways and Whole Grains Council and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Joel is currently working on an educational food allergy and recipe book and is the Research & Development Chef for AllergyFree Foods.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from

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All About Anaphylaxis: Understanding the Risks, Symptoms & Treatment” 
October 9, 2013

In our October webinar, Dr. Robert A. Wood, a professor of pediatrics and chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins, and professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focused on anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that is potentially fatal.

Dr. Wood discussed the risks, symptoms, and treatment of anaphylaxis; dispelled myths; and answered questions from the audience. The slides from Dr. Wood’s presentation can be viewed here.


"Tools, Tips & Tactics for Effective Advocacy 
September 11, 2013

Note: Technical difficulties have prevented the recorded webinar from being posted. We hope to have this addressed soon. In the meantime, the slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

Improving the public policy environment for people with food allergies requires dedication and commitment, but it can be made much easier with strategies that amplify our voices to help lawmakers better understand our cause. This webinar covered topics such as building a grassroots network, meeting and communicating with legislators, working with other advocates, leveraging the media and “lobbying.”

The webinar was led by George Dahlman, FARE’s vice president of advocacy and government relations. He has worked in public affairs

for more than 30 years; on Capitol Hill, in healthcare, aerospace and public transportation.


“Supporting Children, Adolescents and Parents in the Daily Management of Food Allergies”
August 14, 2013

Food allergies are not only potentially life-threatening – they’re life-altering, and managing food allergies can be emotionally draining. Dr. Linda Herbert, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., addressed the common challenges of managing food allergies. The presentation covered anxiety, issues at school, bullying, peer social activities and more. Dr. Herbert will also provided webinar attendees with a preliminary set of strategies to help cope with daily stress.

Dr. Herbert recently joined the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center, where she is building a clinical practice and research team designed to address the mental health needs of children with food allergies and their families.

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Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from