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That Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, serves those affected by asthma and allergies through education, support and medical resources.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA) was founded by two, well-known, St. Louis doctors, Dr. Raymond Slavin and Dr. Phillip Korenblat. The doctors realized the tremendous need in the St. Louis community for an organization that could provide disadvantaged children with life-saving asthma and allergy medications, equipment, education and support. They set their goals high and on November 1 st, 1981 Project Concern, AAFA's unique medical assistance program, was born.
More than twenty-eight years later, AAFA is still going strong, carrying on the mission of its Founders. Through Project Concern, hundreds of low-income children are provided with medications like epinephrine and albuterol, and medical equipment such as spacers, aero-chambers and nebulizers every year. By providing children with these life-saving tools, children are staying out the emergency room, and in school--right where they need to be to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Additionally, AAFA has become a recognized asthma and allergy resource for the St. Louis community. AAFA serves thousands of parents, children, teachers, day-care providers, nurses and doctors each year with presentations on asthma and allergy management, and education on the nuances of food allergies. AAFA is proud to be a leading source of information on these diseases for a community that is constantly at risk.
Programs & Services
Project Concern, an asthma and allergy management program, provides uninsured and underinsured children (birth to age 21) with life-saving asthma and allergy medications, equipment, education and support.
The ABC's of Asthma and Allergies
The ABC's of Asthma and Allergies is a program designed to educate school staff, students and parents on the proper management of asthma and allergies. This program will help participants identify asthma and allergy signs, symptoms and triggers as well as teach them how to effectively manage asthma and other allergic diseases.
Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers
The "Essentials" course is designed to educate child care providers on how to care for children with asthma and allergies and provide a safe and healthy environment for children with these chronic diseases. This three-hour course offers participants professional clock-hour certificates.
Food Allergy Management for Schools
Food Allergy Management for Schools is a unique program that provides information and resources for school personnel and child care providers on the effects of food allergies. The instructor will provide recommendations and suggestions for creating a healthy and safe environment for students with food allergies.
Asthma and allergies are serious diseases that unfortunately can be fatal. AAFA has a special fund set aside to help pay for special needs and circumstances, including funerals. Although AAFA never wants to see a family suffer, especially from the loss of a child to asthma or an allergic reaction, the organization is privileged to help these families in very difficult times.
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