The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA) is a United Way Agency. AAFA was founded Nov. 1, 1981 by two St. Louis doctors, Dr. Raymond Slavin and Dr. Phillip Korenblat, and Marylin Horst, a medical social worker at SSM Cardinal Glennon.
These individuals saw a 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. It has been serving the St. Louis community for over 30 years through its many programs, for both families as well as health care providers.
There are five programs provided by the AAFA:
This is a comprehensive asthma management program that provides life-saving medications, equipment, education and support to children with asthma and allergies up till age 22, in lower income families not covered or fully covered by insurance or government programs.
ABC’s of Asthma and Allergy Education Program
This is designed to educate the community, especially schools, students and parents on the proper management of asthma and allergies. Information provided through these programs helps in the identification of asthma and allergy signs, symptoms, triggers and effective management of asthma and other allergic diseases.
Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers ©
This is a three-hour course that educates 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.
Food Allergy: Management for Schools
This is a course that provides information and resources for school personnel and child care providers on the effects of food allergy in their setting and on how to provide healthy and safe environments for their students with food allergies.
Asthma Management and Education Program
This is a course for the professional health care providers that will take place on July 25, 2012. Participants will learn the latest techniques in asthma care and receive current and reliable patient education information and materials.
AAFA also provides numerous links to other helpful resources for parents and health care providers, such as a list of allergists in the St. Louis area.
1500 South Big Bend, Suite 1S, St. Louis, Missouri 63117
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