Webinar to address the psychosocial aspects of food allergy

May 11, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Excellent food allergy care involves both medical management and attention to the psychosocial stressors impacting daily life. 

At the U-M food allergy clinic, licensed clinical social worker Kim Menzel, LMSW, ACSW, is an integral member of the care team, meeting with patients and families to manage anxiety, identify gaps in food allergy knowledge and develop coping strategies.

As one of a handful of food allergy clinics nationwide to include a behavioral specialist on its staff, the U-M clinic is at the forefront of this holistic approach to the wellbeing of patients — and their families — as they manage the myriad effects of food allergy. Addressing this crucial aspect of patient care is made possible by a gift from the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, a U-M biomedical research hub that partners closely with the clinic.

In recognition of Food Allergy Awareness Week 2020, join the clinic at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 for the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center webinar, “Conversations about living and coping with food allergy: the day-to-day realities.”

Menzel will discuss the social and emotional aspects of living with food allergy, including strategies for reducing stress and improving quality of life for patients and families. She will be joined by Malika Gupta, MBBS, M.D., a U-M physician-researcher and assistant professor in the division of allergy and clinical immunology at Michigan Medicine.

This interactive Zoom event will include the opportunity for live questions, but you are welcome to submit them in advance to mpreddy@med.umich.edu  

The webinar is free and open to all — food allergy patients, families, advocates, clinicians and friends nationwide — but please register in advance. Please click here to sign up.