Food Allergy Community Health Education Program
Today, it is likely that there are two children with food allergies in every classroom, day care and camp in the United States. Almost six million children are now affected by food allergies. And the incidence of food allergies has doubled in the last 10 years. Until there is a cure, education about managing food allergies and preventing severe reactions will make the difference in keeping children safe.
In partnership with the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) – Northwest, Seattle Children’s has developed the Food Allergy Community Health Education Program, which provides food allergy education to help create a safer environment for children. Funded by the FAI, our program provides the community with a food allergy community health educator, who will provide training and educational presentations to staff and parents in a variety of settings, including:
- After-school programs
- Community centers
- Day care centers
- PTA meetings
To schedule a visit with our food allergy community health educator in these or any other settings, please request a visit (DOC), call 206-884-1012 or email us.
Ann Wahl is Seattle Children’s food allergy community health educator. She received her bachelor of science degree in community health education from Western Washington University in Bellingham and her RN education and training at Shoreline Community College.
Wahl has been an RN/community health educator for over 20 years and previously worked as a program director for the American Cancer Society and as a community health educator at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. She worked for many years as a health room volunteer for Samantha Smith Elementary and Inglewood Junior High. She also worked as a dental health educator and assisted with eye exams and the fitting of eyeglasses for underserved residents for the Honduran Ministry of Health in many remote villages of central Honduras.