ACAAI Roundtable on Atopic Dermatitis and Food Allergy

Proceedings and Recommendations

Both atopic dermatitis and foodAllergies are inappropriate or exaggerated reactions of the immune system to substances that, in the majority of people, cause no symptoms. Symptoms of the allergic diseases may be caused by exposure of the skin to a chemical, of the respiratory system to particles of dust or pollen (or other substances), or of the stomach and intestines to a particular food." rel="tooltip">allergyrepresent allergic conditions that are more prevalent and severe among people of color than previously recognized, according to research. In addition, racial and ethnic considerations as well as socioeconomic factors contribute to barriers in accessing care and treatment for these conditions.

To better understand these overall disparity issues, ACAAI surveyed its members, conducted interviews with physicians and advocacy leaders, and hosted a roundtable discussion to further explore the challenges and discuss potential solutions.


The results of the survey and roundtable are summarized in a white paper,种族差异在特应性皮炎和食品llergy; Physician and Advocacy Experts Describe Pervasive Problems and Identify a Top 10 Solutions Agenda.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

The proceedings also are described with additional data and background in a Special Article,Proceedings of a Roundtable on Racial Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis and Food Allergysoon to be published inAnnals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Click to read the in-press article below.

ACAAI thanks the following organizations and institutions for providing representatives and experts to the Roundtable: Advocate Healthcare; American Academy of Pediatrics; Food Equality Initiative; National Association of School Nurses; National Eczema Association; and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This research initiative was supported by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Facilitation of physician survey, panel discussion and white paper was managed by Springboard Brand & Creative Strategy.