We meet at various times throughout the year. Please check back here for upcoming meeting dates. Our meetings usually feature a guest speaker. The meetings are free and are open to all adults involved in the life of a food-allergic child - moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers. Display tables are set up with items for you to look at, such as books, cookbooks and DVDs; and others for you to take such as articles, presentation copies, newsletters, and handouts from various allergy-specific companies.
7:00 - 9:00 pm at: **NEW LOCATION**
FARE Chicago Office
8707 Skokie Boulevard
Lower Level Conference Room
Skokie, IL 60077
Our next MOCHA meeting will be on Monday, January 9, 2017, and will feature a presentation by Dr. Paul Detjen, private practice allergist in Kenilworth, IL for 25 years. He will be speaking about the current options available for patients with food allergy including continued long term avoidance, enrolling in ongoing academic trials for the Viaskin peanut patch and the Aimmune peanut pill, and will address SLIT for food allergy and Private Practice OIT. Each food allergy story is unique, and for some, one approach might be a better fit than another. Dr. Detjen will also discuss avoidance measures, Food Action Plans, treatment of accidental food exposures, natural history of food allergy, etc. Join us!
Monday, September 19, 2016: Dana Morris, FARE National Director, Community Development, led us through the Fare Education Network Presentation. This program is designed to help school staff and administrators learn how to effectively manage students with food allergies and respond to food allergy emergencies. Check it out online, and feel free to contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become a presenter.
Monday, March 14, 2016: Three fantastic speakers! Special presentation by Susan Tatelli, 8th grade student, sharing the video she created as she self-administered epinephrine during an anaphylactic episode. Susan then led our group in training and practicing with an Epi auto-injector. Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano, from Lurie Children’s Hospital, introduced the FASE (Food Allergy Support and Education) program and presented her “Reflections on Anaphylaxis” during which she shared a recent episode of anaphylaxis within her family, and walked us through the things that went right and the things that went sideways and the take-home messages from the experience. We were pleased to also feature Stefanie McCormack, clinical research coordinator at Lurie Children’s Hospital, who introduced the FARE Clinical Network and some of the new research studies currently underway. Check out both presentations below.
Monday, January 11, 2016: featuring guest speaker Meg Bowman: Many children with food allergies experience stress and anxiety, and studies have shown that parents of these children also experience increased stress, potentially affecting their health and well being. Meg Bowman, an integrative clinical nutritionist and parent of a child with severe food allergies, shared tips on how to treat stress and anxiety using whole food nutrition, supplements, mindfulness, positive psychology principles and biofeedback. Meg Bowman is the owner of Nourish Integrative Solutions, a functional nutrition practice in Glenview that specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression through natural methods. Meg has a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and also serves on the staff of North Shore Patient Advocates, an independent patient advocacy firm. Check out her presentation and handout below.
Monday, November 9, 2015: Dr. Jennifer S. Kim, of NorthShore University Health System, reviewed selected recent articles to advance our knowledge of food allergies. Topics covered included anaphylaxis, FPIES, the LEAP study, and Chinese herbal formula trial.
Monday, April 13, 2015 with Dr. Sai Nimmagadda of Associated Allergists and Asthma Specialists. Dr. Nimmagadda discussed spring allergies, immunotherapy, and the role of the allergist in managing your child’s food allergies, as well as answered questions from attendees. View his presentation here:
Denise Bunning and Anne Thompson: Parenting and School related questions
Jen Jobrack, Midwest Director, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE): Parent/Epi-legislation and FARE related questions
Ruchi Gupta, MD MPH: Medical and Research questions
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Program for Maternal and Child Health
Center for Healthcare Studies, Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Ann and Robert H. Children's Hospital of Chicago
Author of: The Food Allergy Experience
Mary Morrissey, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Legislative Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, spoke at our November 14, 2011 meeting, and discussed the new Epinephrine in Illinois Schools law.