Tools & Resources

Educational Webinars: Basics of Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis

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.

Archived Webinars

Advocacy 101: How to Influence Policies and Improve Lives
Speaker: Jennifer Jobrack and Jon Hoffman
Wednesday, June 21, 1 p.m. ET

How many times have you heard yourself say “There ought to be a law” or “Boy, that’s a dumb law”? Do you want to change a policy in your town or state, or even nationally? Be an advocate! Advocacy is the process of influencing a government's practices on behalf of an idea or a group of people. An advocate's actions must be focused, informed and strategic. To do this, an advocate should understand the process by which political change takes place. Come learn the basics of how to impact policies that affect the food allergy community. Learn about resources available from FARE that can help you to take your message to legislators. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of FARE’s advocacy team.

About the Presenters

Jennifer JobrackJennifer Jobrack, Senior National Director of Advocacy for FARE, manages the state, municipal and industry-specific policy portfolio focused on the inclusion and safety of people with food allergies. Recent campaigns include access to epinephrine in schools, public places and airplanes; college and university preparedness for students with food allergies; restaurant accommodations; food labeling; and improving the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Jen works with national coalitions of advocates, public officials and industry leaders on best practices in legislation, strategy and implementation.

Jon HoffmanJon Hoffman joined FARE in August 2016 as the Associate Director of Advocacy. He brings four years of experience in the digital advocacy realm, leading campaigns and utilizing new media to motivate and direct advocates to make their voices heard with legislators and regulators. Jon is working to expand FARE’s online capabilities and enhance the tools that advocates use to share their stories and encourage the passage of new legislation.

The slides from this presentation can be viewed here.



From Sleepovers to College:  Coaching your Food-Allergic Child to Independence
Speaker: Denise A. Bunning
Wednesday, May 24, 1 p.m. ET

It may seem overwhelming to imagine your child ever being independent enough to survive outside your watchful eye.  However, some of us have been there, done that, and our food-allergic children are thriving in college and beyond. Learn some helpful tips from our years of experience.  

It’s all about: 

Denise A. BunningDenise A. Bunning is an educator, support group leader and advocate who actively works to improve the lives of children with or without food allergies.  A former elementary school teacher, Denise earned a BA in Early Childhood/Special Education from Boston College, an MSED in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, and a CAS in School Administration from National Louis University.  

In 1997, Denise co-founded MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies) – a support group for food-allergic families.  Denise served on the committee tasked with authoring the guidelines for the management of life-threatening food allergies in Illinois schools.  She recently co-authored The Food Allergy Experience with Dr. Ruchi Gupta.  Denise serves on the Board of Directors for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).  She is also on the Founders’ Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.  

The Bunnings have two sons who are affected by food allergies.  Bryan (23) has life-threatening allergies to tree nuts, and also has asthma.  Daniel (20) has life-threatening allergies to milk, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish and also has Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a digestive disorder related to food allergies, which has required a gastric tube for much of Daniel’s nourishment.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Anaphylaxis, Food Allergy and Asthma
Speaker: Clifford W. Bassett, MD FACAAI, FAAAAI
Pre-recorded Monday, December 20

Dr Ruchi Gupta PICFARE receives many questions about the relationship between food allergies and asthma, which is a risk factor for anaphylaxis. This presentation examines how these allergic conditions might relate to each other, discusses some of the symptoms they share in common, and offers guidance to help protect young people with food allergies. Funding for this webinar was made possible in part through a 2016 grant from Mylan Specialty, L.P.

About Dr. Clifford Bassett
Dr. Clifford Bassett is the Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. He is on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine, the Weill Cornell Medical College, and the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

When Should I Use Epinephrine? Why Am I Afraid of It?
Speaker: Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD
Monday, December 12, 12:00 p.m. ET

Knowing when to use epinephrine is vital, but sometimes fear can get in the way of planning. This webinar will review the symptoms of allergic reaction to food, the indications for using epinephrine, and how epinephrine works in the body. Participants will explore worries that can interfere with the use of epinephrine and learn how fear of epinephrine is not supported by the evidence.

Dr. GreenJonathan Spergel, MD, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Chief of the Allergy Section and Director of the Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Spergel is a fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Association of Pediatrics. An expert in food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and eosinophilic esophagitis, he has published over 130 articles in the field. Funding for this webinar was made possible in part through a 2016 grant from Mylan Specialty, L.P.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Epi First, Epi Fast. Ask Questions Later...
Speaker: W. Scott Russell, MD
Wednesday, December 7, 1 p.m. ET

What should you do when a child in your care has a serious allergic reaction? Join a discussion led by a Pediatric Emergency Medicine specialist to learn how you can best protect a child during anaphylaxis, a medical emergency. Topics include up-to-date information on epinephrine usage, common misunderstandings about epinephrine, and case examples.

Dr. GreenW. Scott Russell, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), is Medical Director of the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Department and Senior Medical Director of MUSC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Russell holds fellow standing in both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians. He is author of 19 manuscripts, including four articles on anaphylaxis management, guidelines and best practices. Funding for this webinar was made possible in part through a 2016 grant from Mylan Specialty, L.P.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Overcoming Obstacles to Carrying and Using Self-Injectable Epinephrine
Speaker: Scott H. Sicherer, M.D.
Wednesday, November 30, 1 p.m. ET

It is widely understood that anaphylaxis should be treated with prompt injection of epinephrine. However, many studies demonstrate a reluctance to carry and use this life-saving medication. This is a particular problem for teenagers and young adults. This webinar will focus on the safety and benefits of prompt epinephrine injection for anaphylaxis. Barriers to carrying and using the medication will be explored, with advice on how to overcome these problems.

Dr. GreenScott H. Sicherer, M.D., is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe professor of allergy, immunology and pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and FARE, his food allergy research includes studies on natural history, epidemiology, psychosocial issues, modalities to educate physicians and parents, genetics and treatment modalities. He has published over 200 articles in scientific journals, and has authored over 50 book chapters. He has previously chaired the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Allergy and Immunology. He is associate editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, In Practice. He has authored four food allergy books for general audiences; the most recent is Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dr. Sicherer has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the top 1% of pediatric allergists, and by Thompson Reuters for being among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents in their specific field. Funding for this webinar was made possible in part through a 2016 grant from Mylan Specialty, L.P. 

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

React with Respect
Speaker: Scott Riccio, Senior Vice President of Education and Advocacy at FARE
Wednesday, May 4, 1 p.m. ET

This May, as we celebrate Food Allergy Action Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, and promote this year’s message of “React with Respect," we will be joined by Scott Riccio, FARE’s Senior Vice President of Education and Advocacy, to help inform the public about important food allergy facts and the serious consequences of food allergy reactions, as well as how to identify symptoms, respond in case of an emergency, and respectfully support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives. This will be a great webinar not only in support of families new to food allergy diagnosis, but to provide an overview of what friends, extended family, caregivers and community members should know about food allergies.

Dr. GreenScott Riccio is responsible for the overall strategic leadership of the education and advocacy departments at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). He formerly held leadership roles in patient advocacy at Dendreon, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and most recently, Synageva Biopharma. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Strategy from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and as father to a daughter with a peanut and tree nut allergy, his professional experience is further enhanced by his personal connection to FARE’s mission.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

The Diagnosis of Food Allergies and the Role of Oral Food Challenges
Speaker: Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa
Wednesday, March 16, 1 p.m. ET

Although food allergies affect over 15 million Americans, there are many more who have been misdiagnosed with food allergies or are avoiding foods they can safely consume. Allergen avoidance is critical in avoiding food allergy reactions. On the other hand, the unnecessary avoidance of foods has implications on health and nutrition, as well as a significant impact on quality of life. This webinar will discuss when testing for food allergies should be ordered, how to correctly interpret this testing, and when to consider performing an oral food challenge (OFC).

Dr. MustafaDr. S. Shahzad Mustafa pursued his undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. He then completed his internal medicine training at the University of Colorado and stayed in Denver to complete his fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Colorado, National Jewish Health, and Children’s Hospital of Denver. Dr. Mustafa sees patients of all ages out of the Rochester Regional Health System and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He is involved with multiple national organizations, including the AAAAI adverse reactions to foods committee. Dr. Mustafa has lectured on food allergies at local, regional, and national conferences, including the 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference in Long Beach, California.


The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

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.

Visit our blog for a recap of this webinar and to view the presentation.


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.


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.


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.