LAAW Webinars Announced

September 23, 2016


Contact:  Gary Fitzgerald
Allergy & Asthma Network


For Immediate Release


Patient Advocacy Organizations Host

Free Webinars on Latex Allergy

Wednesday, October 5 at 6 p.m. ET

Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. ET


VIENNA, Va., September 21, 2016 -- Allergy & Asthma Network and the American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA) are offering two free webinars in observance of Latex Allergy Awareness Week, October 2-8, 2016.

Latex allergies impact 10-17 percent of healthcare workers and up to 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.

“Life-threatening allergies are on the rise around the world with latex allergy among them; however, many people remain unaware of the threat and necessary treatment,” says Tonya Winders, President & CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network. “These two webinars will provide the viewer with meaningful information about latex that can be applied as either a clinician or patient.”  

In the webinar “Latex Allergy: Addressing Barriers to Emergency Anaphylaxis Care,” scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. ET, J. Wesley Sublett, MD, MPH, will remind people that latex is one of the top anaphylactic allergies by addressing barriers to care that are found within emergency departments and EMS systems. After watching this webinar, participants will have a greater knowledge about emergency care systems and their treatment of anaphylaxis caused by latex allergens.

This webinar is perfect for anyone with a latex allergy as well as those who work or volunteer within the emergency healthcare system. Dr. Sublett will bring his expertise as a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology’s Anaphylaxis Roundtable Expert Panel on Addressing Barriers to Emergency Anaphylaxis Care; he is a board-certified pediatric allergist at Family Allergy and Asthma in Louisville, Kentucky and an Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) volunteer. To register, visit: 

The second latex allergy webinar, Overcoming Barriers in the Real World – A Look at Clinical Issues, School Concerns and Living with Latex Allergy,” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Join us for this panel presentation webinar with:

·       Sandra Gawchik, DO, a board-certified allergist with Allergy & Asthma Associates in Upland, Pennsylvania, a medical advisory board member of the American Latex Allergy Association, and an ACE volunteer;

·       Patricia Beierwaltes, DNP, RN, PNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University/Mankato College of Allied Health and Nursing, School of Nursing; and

  • Sally Schoessler, MSEd, RN, BSN, Director of Education at Allergy & Asthma Network and former Director of Nursing Education at the National Association of School Nurses.

Dr. Gawchik will discuss latex allergy-related clinical issues, Dr. Beierwaltes will address spina bifida and latex challenges, and Ms. Schoessler will address how these issues affect students at school. To register, visit:

The “2016 Latex Allergy Awareness Week” Webinar Series, a joint project of Allergy & Asthma Network and the American Latex Allergy Association, is sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P.

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 Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, E-newsletter, website at and numerous community outreach programs. Follow Allergy & Asthma Network on and

About ALAA

The American Latex Allergy Association is the leading 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 was developed by Allergy & Asthma Network in partnership with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and American School Health Association and is 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