U-M faculty present a food allergy primer for patients, caregivers and educators

August 12, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

How to deploy an epinephrine injector in an emergency is among the topics in a new video featuring Michigan Medicine experts.

Just in time for the back-to-school season, the 13-minute presentation, “Food Allergy Explained: Basics, Back to School & Beyond,” features members of the Food Allergy Clinic team discussing practical information ranging from the symptoms of a reaction to deciphering nutrition labels. The information is intended to assist food allergy patients, caregivers, family members, educators and others who encounter this life-altering condition. 

“We’ve created this video to provide a quick but comprehensive, evidence-based introduction to the various aspects of food allergy and returning to school,” said James R. Baker Jr., M.D., director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC), Michigan Medicine’s food allergy research hub. “Viewers can watch all the way through or skip to a specific section for a quick refresher.”

The video is posted on the Michigan Medicine YouTube channel, and will be disseminated via social media and other communications as part of back-to-school outreach throughout August.  

Presenters, including the project’s co-author, Jing Yi Sun, M.D., provide lay-friendly messages on topics including what happens during a food allergy reaction, managing anxiety and safely transitioning back to school. The video is segmented by topic, so viewers can easily navigate to topics of immediate interest.

“In light of the increased popularity of virtual visits and new challenges facing families going back to school, we wanted to create a quick but comprehensive video that provides evidence-based patient education directly from clinicians,” said Sun. “We hope that this video will help both new and experienced patients not only navigate life with food allergies better, but also gain an increased awareness for the team of support available to them at Michigan Medicine.”