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.
This resource is supported by Sanofi Genzyme 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.
How do we grow in challenging times?
A word from ACAAI past president J. Allen Meadows:
I wish it need not have happened in my time,“ said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf. “And so do all who live to see such times.” These words were written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the “Fellowship of the Ring.” How do these words speak to us today?
Explore research and perspectives from the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology about racial disparities in asthma and allergic diseases.
- Racial disparities in allergic outcomes persist to age 10 years in black and white children (Apr. 2020)
- Asthma: An illustration of health care disparities (Feb. 2020)
- Exploring latent classes to identify prenatal and early-life sources of racial disparities in allergic disease (Jun. 2019)
- Racial differences in atopic dermatitis (May 2019)
- Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in self-reported food allergy among food-sensitized children in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (Nov. 2016)
Disparities in Food Allergy – Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Considerations
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
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
October 23, 2020
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Clinical Pulmonary Medicine
President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children