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What Does Providing Free Allergy Testing Look Like?

The Wahoo Cool for School program set out to provide free food allergy testing to a cohort of kids in need of care in the community surrounding UVA. This served to simultaneously provide access to testing to eligible participants while fostering a connection between the food allergy families in the greater Charlottesville area, the food …

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Code Ana working with childcare center staff in epinephrine workshops in New York City
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Preparing Childcare Centers In NYC With Epinephrine Certification

Children in daycare are uniquely vulnerable to allergy emergencies. Kiddos with a diagnosed food allergy cannot yet clearly communicate if they are experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, and others may not have been diagnosed yet. As such it is extremely important that early childhood professionals working with this population are knowledgeable about how to prevent a …

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Tulane University and Code Ana logos together because Code Ana provided anaphylaxis training to Tulane
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Educating Medical Students For Community Vaccination Support & Anaphylaxis

When COVID-19 vaccines were first released, and even today, as we work to confront vaccine hesitancy in the US and globally, a commonly listed concern among those resistant to being vaccinated is vaccine reactions. One known vaccine reaction is anaphylaxis. Though anaphylactic reactions to vaccination are extremely rare, every vaccine administration site must be prepared …

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Allergist training first responders to train others for epi training
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Train-the-Trainer: Expanding Reach of Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Education

As the incidence of anaphylaxis increases, communities need to know how to recognize and respond to allergy emergencies. Allergists can play an impactful role in allergy preparedness by teaching first responders how they can teach schools about anaphylaxis.  One way Code Ana helps prepare communities for anaphylaxis is through its train-the-trainer (TTT) programs. Our inaugural …

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State and Non-Profit Organizations Collaborate to Provide Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Education to School Faculty and Staff, Enhancing School Safety Through a Free, Online Course
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Creating Food Allergy Education For Teachers & Other Educators

Approximately 20% of children with food allergy have a reaction at school. Prompt recognition and proper response to anaphylaxis are important to saving lives. Educators spend much of the day with children, and children sometimes have their first food allergy reaction at school, so it is critical for educators to be equipped to recognize and …

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Louisiana laws are now able to permit stock epi in childcare centers.
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How Code Ana Passed Stock Epinephrine Legislation in Louisiana

While most states have laws permitting stock epinephrine in K-12 schools, before 2022, only one state explicitly had a childcare center specific law permitting stock epinephrine. While some states have non-school entity laws that mention childcare centers or daycare, only Texas had a standalone law. As many young children have their first allergic reactions in …

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School staff trying to create a medical emergency response policy that Code Ana has already created.
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How Prepared Were School Nurses For Medical Emergencies?

More and more children are living with chronic diseases than ever before. As children spend most of their time at school, schools must be prepared for when one of these diseases manifests acutely, whether that is Becky going into anaphylaxis after consuming her allergen or George experiencing a seizure. Before Code Ana works with a …

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LEARN Early Logo that is for the epi training program in LA and CT
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The LEARN Early Project: Providing Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Education For Head Start Centers

The Learn Early Project was initiated by collaborating with Head Start Centers in Connecticut and Louisiana.  We were able to identify 17 Head Start programs across five distinct entities. The 12 directors/health care managers completed Allergy Preparedness Questionnaires. These included demographic questions as well as procedural questions regarding food allergy education for staff, management of …

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Stock epinephrine devices over the United States
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Stock Epinephrine Laws Differ Across the Country & Should Be Protecting Every Child

Published in 2021, the editorial article “The Heterogeneity of Stock Epinephrine Legislation in the United States” by Madison Oxford and Dr. Alice Hoyt looks at the many different types of school epinephrine laws throughout the United States.  From no legislation to mandated devices, states across the country are not on the same page for stock …

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