#ForTheHealth – Be An Ally

Thank you for joining us once again for our webinar series Part II, For The Health: A Conversation on Race & Food Allergy. We may have been on a different website with different faces and a different theme, but we still had the same message: to lessen the racial disparities in food allergy.

We are striving to make a real difference, and education is the first step towards a more connected and equitable world. Our moderator, Karen Palmer, said it best: “We would like for people to look at folks in this space as being worthy of that support just because we are fellow human beings that need it.”

This session we talked about how you can be an ally and we spoke to leaders in the food allergy industry who are founders of FEI’s Seven Percent Coalition. These panelists and sponsors took a large, vital leap to show that they are allies and friends in this fight for equality.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our participants for another fantastic conversation.


Karen Palmer, Professional Coach


Emily Brown of Food Equality Initiative
Susie Hultquist of Spokin
Dr. Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University Center for Allergy and Asthma Research
Dan Waters of Enjoy Life Foods
Louis and Joanne Giorgi of the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation

If you missed the webinar the first time around, don’t fret! We have it recorded in full on our YouTube channel. If you want to revisit certain topics, we’ve broken them down for you here.


1) What does it mean to be an ally of FEI? Emily Brown’s answer @ 2:52 

2) How has data about racial disparities impacted the study of food allergy? @ 9:12 & @ 43:57

3) What is the Spokin Cares campaign? @ 13:01

4) How can companies use their resources to support non-profits such as FEI who directly work with communities in need? @ 19:51 & @ 38:42 & @57:31

5) What does “doing better” look like for an ally? @ 24:08

6) How do you know which organization to support? How Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation decided to invest in FEI @ 30:09 & @54:36

7) How can medical providers be more effective allies for families at the beginning of their food allergy journey? @ 32:12

8) How do economic factors come into play in healthcare? @ 35:08

9) What can be done globally to encourage systemic change? @48:11

10) How can we balance individual and institutional change? @50:00


Stay tuned for our next conversation about institutional change where we will discuss how the industries of education, food manufacturing, and healthcare have the power to either widen or bridge racial disparities in food allergy. Thank you and take care. Until next time!

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