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 Nov. 29, 2023.
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.
Proceedings of a Roundtable on Racial Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis and Food Allergy
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and food allergies are more prevalent and more severe in people with skin of color than White individuals. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) sought to understand the effects of racial disparities among patients with skin of color with AD and food allergies.
People of Color More Likely to Have Food Allergies Than White People, Study Finds
A study found that minorities are more likely to experience food allergies than white people.
Additionally, allergies were less prevalent among higher socioeconomic groups.
Experts note that while this research is important in highlighting certain health disparities, more research is needed, particularly among subpopulations of larger demographics.
Explore research and perspectives from the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology about racial disparities in asthma and allergic diseases.
- Letter: Lack of health disparities during implementation of hospital-initiated care bundle among hospitalized adults with asthma (December 25, 2023)
- Editorial: Opportunities to monitor disparities in asthma and other respiratory diseases using public health data (December 2023)
- Asthma heterogeneity among Asian American children: The California Health Interview Survey (November 8, 2023)
- Abrocitinib efficacy and safety in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis by race, ethnicity, and Fizpatrick skin type (November 8, 2023)
- Black Children with Eczema and Possible Food Allergy are less likely to Undergo Objective Testing (November 2023)
- Underrepresentation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in U.S. Food Allergy Clinical Trials: A Call to Action (November 2023)
- Healthcare Disparities Investigated in an Innovative Multicenter General Pediatric Directed Pathway to Remove Penicillin Allergies (November 2023)
- Factors Related to Food Allergy in Asian American Children (November 2023)
- Racial Disparities in Allergic Disease in an Urban Pediatric Population (November 2023)
- Language Barriers are Associated with the Underdiagnosis of Allergy and Immunology Conditions in Children (November 2023)
- Asthma and Atopic Dermatitis-Related Outcomes in Urban Children (November 2023)
- Preference for and impact of telehealth vs in-person asthma visits among Black and Latinx adults (July 23, 2023)
- Is there a best strategy to prevent asthma exacerbations in inner-city patients with asthma? (July 9, 2023)
- Impact of Race on In-Hospital Outcomes of Patients Hospitalized for Asthma Exacerbation (May 2023)
- Place of death from asthma differs by age, race and ethnicity (May 2023)
- Proposed solutions by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and advocacy experts to address racial disparities in atopic dermatitis and food allergy (March 2023)
- Not All Patients With Allergic Rhinitis See the Allergist – Who is Missing Out? (March 15, 2023)
Disparities in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps Miniseries
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
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
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.
Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis Podcast Miniseries
This three-part miniseries for the AllergyTalk podcasts covers racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities related to atopic dermatitis; the influence of skin color in diagnosing and managing patients with atopic dermatitis; and best practices for addressing disparities in care for patients with atopic dermatitis.
Asthma Disparities and Differential Responses to Therapy
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
June 24, 2020
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Clinical Pulmonary Medicine