ALAA to partner with ACE Program to increase Latex Allergy Awareness

July 10, 2014

ALAA is pleased to announce a parternership with the Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) volunteer program to increase awareness of latex allergy. 


AAN/MA Press Release

Allergy & Asthma Network Partners with American Latex Allergy Association

To Increase Latex Allergy Awareness


VIENNA, Va., July 9, 2014 -- Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education organization, is pleased to announce that its Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) volunteer program is partnering with the American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA) to increase awareness about life-threatening latex allergies.

Latex allergies impact 8-12 percent of health care workers and 1-6 percent of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In addition, 68 percent of children with spina bifida have latex allergy. ACE volunteers are perfectly positioned in communities across the country to reinforce ALAA’s core messages about latex allergy awareness, avoidance and education.

"With a combined 50 years of serving patients with allergies, the missions of Allergy & Asthma Network and ALAA complement each other well,” says Tonya Winders, Allergy & Asthma Network president and CEO. “In the past five years, the ACE program has directly educated more than 60,000 people through community awareness and education activities. This partnership will leverage our organizations’ unique strengths and areas of expertise.”

“Partnering with the ACE program is very exciting for ALAA, as we broaden our reach to help more patients learn to manage their latex allergy,” say ALAA co-founders Sue Lockwood and Marsha Smith.

In addition to the award-winning Anaphylaxis: A Guide for All of Us magazine and Epi Everywhere! Every Day!TM program, ACE volunteers will distribute ALAA’s Living With Latex Allergy, an evidence-based and medically reviewed booklet to help health care professionals and latex allergy patients better understand the condition, including what triggers symptoms and what is needed to manage reactions.

“This partnership is a natural alliance, blending the necessary information on latex allergy in the context of identifying and managing anaphylaxis,” says Michael Zacharisen, MD, a board-certified allergist, ACE volunteer and ALAA Board member from Bozeman, MT. “I’m confident the awareness raised will benefit the public and medical community alike.”

About Allergy & Asthma Network

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Allergy & Asthma Network specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning publication Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, E-newsletter, website at and numerous community outreach programs. Follow Allergy & Asthma Network on Facebook at and on Twitter at Join Allergy & Asthma Network at

About ALAA

The American Latex Allergy Association is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to create awareness of latex allergy through education and provide support to individuals who have been diagnosed with latex allergy. ALAA has an extensive educational website: . Follow ALAA on Facebook at American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA) and on Twitter at



About ACE

The Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACE) program is developed by Allergy & Asthma Network and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P. The program goal is to save lives through showing parents, school staff, emergency responders, and others how to recognize and respond immediately to anaphylaxis symptoms.

To learn more about the ACE program or request an ACE team presentation, email Brenda Silvia-Torma, ACE Program Manager, at


Gary Fitzgerald
Allergy & Asthma Network