2018 SOAAR Community Education and Outreach Events

Listed below are summaries of the recent community outreach in which SOAAR has participated.


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7th Annual FARE Spring Luncheon- May 11, 2018

The annual luncheon benefits Food Allergy Research & Education's mission and initiatives to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies and to provide hope through the promise of new treatments. We are grateful to have been in attendance to support this cause! Read more about the event here


World Asthma Day, May 1, 2018

In honor of World Asthma Day, representatives from around Chicago came together for a Chicago Children's Asthma Summit to share their initiatives to improve asthma outcomes in the city. The Summit concluded with a discussion about next steps, recommendations, and potential collaborations to increase health equity among Chicagoans with asthma. Those in attendance included Respiratory Health Association, Presence Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Lurie Children's Healthy Communities, The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Mobile Care Chicago, and Sinai Urban Health Institute.

To read more about the event, click here.  

2018 USAnaphylaxis Summit

On Friday, April 20th, Dr. Gupta participated in and presented at the 6th annual USAnaphylaxis Summit, held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Dr. Gupta's presentation, "Overview of Anaphylaxis", provided participants with a foundational overview of anaphylaxis, including recent prevalence research, economic impact, and health care utilization. 

Photos credited to Allergy & Asthma Network.

To watch Dr. Gupta's presentation, click here

Creating Food Allergy Awareness at Francis W. Parker School

During a morning assembly on January 24th, Dr. Gupta educated Parker students about food allergies, including prevalence, anaphylaxis signs and symptoms, and how to support a friend with a life-threatening food allergy. To see pictures and read more about this event, click on Parker school's blog article

Chicago Health Solutions' Winter 2018 Community Health Case Competition: Childhood Asthma

Chicago Health Solutions (CHS) is an innovative program that enables undergraduates from various disciplines across University of Chicago to develop solutions for a public health problem and present them to a panel of experts in that field. This winter 2018 competition focused on childhood asthma in Chicago Public Schools, and Dr. Gupta was invited by Chicago Health Solutions (CHS) to serve as a judge!

Teams pitched their final proposals to the judges through 10 minute presentations and two teams were declared winners. Those two teams were invited to present their proposals at a Center for Global Health research symposium, scheduled for April 2018.

To learn more about the Community Health Case Competition and CHS, click here

Netflix Premiere of "Rotten"

On Thursday, January 11th, Spokin, Auvi-Q, Enjoy Life and Safe + Fair hosted an exclusive screening of "The Peanut Problem", which is one episode of the 6-part Netflix documentary series, Rotten. The episode focuses on food allergies and the people working to combat the increase in incidence. 

Two people featured in "The Peanut Problem" as experts are Dr. Ruchi Gupta and Susie Hultquist, Founder of Spokin. The evening's festivities included a pre-screening meet and great and a post-screening Q & A session with the evening's hosts and experts.

To watch the trailer for the "Peanut Problem", click here.