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Food allergy school policies

Schools develop food allergy related policies to try to keep kids safe, but how many of these policies are evidence-based? 

And how do policies impact the emotional well-being of kiddos with food allergy?

Let's discuss what's being investigated in school policies and food allergy!

Join me as I talk with my colleague Ashley Lahoud of Kent State University's Pediatric Anxiety and Allergy Research Clinic. There, Ashley and her fellow researchers are studying just how school policies are affecting the mental health of children who have food allergy. By better understanding this issue, we will have more information by which to provide beneficial guidance to academic institutions on developing plans regarding food allergy.

My favorite part of this episode is that YOU may be able to participate in this research study! If your kiddo is 5-12 years of age and has a food allergy, then you can take the survey and help Ashley and her team better understand the effects of school policies. Take the survey HERE.

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What’s your question on food allergy and school policies?

Would you like your question answered on the podcast? Submit it here!

Be a part of the solution – participate in this research survey!

“School Policy for Parents with a Child who has Food Allergy” is the name of the study. The details… Firstly, parents of kiddos ages 5-12 years are welcome to complete it. Secondly, it'll take about 20 minutes to complete. In other words, pretty short! And thirdly, researchers will hear YOUR VOICE! This can then inform BETTER policies for kiddos like your kiddo!

BTW, 1 out of 10 participants will win a $25 Amazon gift card! Woot woot!

Be a part of the solution by taking the survey HERE!

Additional Show Notes

I have talked about a non-profit…

The non-profit is The Teal Schoolhouse, whose primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. Our primary program is the Code Ana School Program, which is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan. This is one of the most important components of a school's food allergy policy!

A medical emergency response plan is important for all kiddos and for adults at any school! Our primary goal is to share the School Program, and Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission! (BTW although Pam and I serve in leadership roles of Code Ana and The Teal Schoolhouse, our time/effort/work is completely voluntary). Does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?

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