Food Allergy Day a success

September 16, 2019

The Food Allergy Day at The Health Museum was a huge success recently. The event touched more than 1,100 members of the Houston community who played at the unique exhibits and were educated about food allergy. This event neared the most highly attended Thursday Family Days the Health Museum has experienced!

The Houston Health Museum partnered with the Texas Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program to host the day, which kicked off with Texas Children’s Food Allergy Program exhibits throughout the museum. These exhibits were designed, staged and manned by Texas Children’s Food Allergy Program team and members of the Texas Children’s Food Allergy Program Teen Advisory Board led by Daisy Tran. This program was coordinated by LaTanya Miles from the Museum and Christina Nance, PhD, from Texas Children’s.

Special recognition goes to Dr. Christina Nance for leading the expert panel, Drs. Sara Anvari and Katherine Anagnostou for providing expert advice on the panel, and Lauren Kronisch for giving dietary tips. The Food Allergy Program is grateful to the Kelly Family (Mercedes, Adriana and Alexander) who shared patient perspectives on living with food allergy and participation in research trials. Christina Cowperthwait was outstanding in helping the museum plan the event.

Special thanks go to several members of the Immunology Allergy Rheumatology team who participated in handing out flyers and engaging with families and special guests, including Theresa Aldape, Chivon McMullen Jackson, Ashley Reiland, Kathy Pitts, Larraine Lyter-Reed, Joel Oyibo, America Lueso, and Dr. Ivan Chinn.

John Arcidiacono, President and CEO of The Health Museum gave an introduction at the event and members of the Board of Directors were in attendance. It was a great day in the community of education and increased awareness about food allergies.