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Racial Disparities and Health Equity Resource Center

There are many types of health disparities – the differences in overall health and access to health care experienced among various population groups. These disparities may be affected by racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic or other factors, which often overlap. This Resource Center focuses on health disparities specific to allergy/immunology based on racial factors and inequities. It presents relevant information, data, education and other resources to help health care providers close gaps and reduce disparities in the quality of care for allergy/immunology patients.

Originally posted Dec. 9, 2020; most recently updated Feb. 2, 2022

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This resource is supported by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Statement on race disparities in asthma

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology decries racial injustice wherever it is found. As physicians and healers, we know that racial disparities affect many aspects of life – often in the healthcare arena. We recognize that racism is a destructive force in our country, and we condemn it wherever it exists.

headshot of Luz Fonacier, MD

Addressing diversity and reducing A/I heath care disparities

A word from ACAAI past president Luz Fonacier:

Addressing diversity and reducing health care disparities in allergy/immunology is one of my priority issues, and I hope that the work the College accomplishes during this year will carry on far into the future.

PIDD Podcast Miniseries

This three-part miniseries for the AllergyTalk podcasts covers the underdiagnosis of Primary Immunodeficiencies Disorder (PIDD) in underserved/minority populations; addressing the barriers to diagnosis; and barriers to immune globulin and transplantation and offers solutions.

Webinar: Moving Towards Equity: Disparities in Food Allergy

In this webinar, our experts address moving the needle towards equitable allergy and asthma care for all patients and practitioners, in all communities – particularly communities of color.

Disparities in Food Allergy – Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Considerations

In this webinar, our experts address clinical care, community action and health policy to benefit minorities with asthma.

New Website Spotlights Unique Differences of Eczema in People of Color

In a mutual commitment to address disparities in treating eczema in skin of color, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the Allergy and Asthma Network have partnered to create EczemaInSkinofColor.org, a campaign to aid physicians and patients in recognizing eczema in people with all skin types.

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in A/I Populations

Our experts discuss how allergists can understand racial and ethnic disparities and address these issues with respect to caring for patients with food allergy, asthma and atopic dermatitis. This session is available as part of the 2020 Meeting on Demand.

The Allergists’ Foundation Community Grant Program

The Allergists’ Foundation has reimagined its programming to empower community practicing allergists on the front lines of patient care.

AllergyTalk Episode 9: Asthma Epidemiology, Diet, and More on MART Therapy

In this episode, our hosts review three articles about asthma from the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of AllergyWatch, including a study on racial disparities in asthma-related health care.

Asthma Disparities and Differential Responses to Therapy

Asthma disparities persist most notably among minorities, children and the poor, and responses to asthma therapy may vary among certain high risk groups. Such differential response must be noted and inform effective management strategies. Learn more in this webinar.

More Resources

December 2020

Allergy & Asthma Network

February 2020

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

February 4, 2021

Race and Genetic Ancestry in Medicine – A Time for Reckoning witih Racism

New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

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