What do/did you do professionally?

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2002 - 2:46am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

pCould we start a thread on what we all do, either professionally or through volunteer work, that could be benefical to PA causes. For example: any attorneys, doctors, computer types, copy editors, graphic designers, printers, media personalities, etc who are interested in donating their talents to the PA community? If you're interested in being involved in a project, please indicate what you do and how it could be utilized in the PA community. /p
pFor example, I'm a former Health Educator and I'd like to make some sort of pre-packaged workshop/presentation on label reading that any PA parent could take to and present at their school. I have some ideas in my mind, but could use help from others with things like editing, someone to coach me about how to use power point (or whatever computer program), etc. Anyone interested in helping me?/p
pI'm thinking we could match members up based on their skills and interest in a project that another member proposes. What do you think?/p

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2002 - 4:14am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hey Gail,
I'm a health educator too, going on my 12th year of maternity leave, LOL! Are you a CHES, or member of SOPHE?

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2002 - 6:07am
yuck2nuts's picture
Joined: 02/28/2002 - 09:00

I am a market researcher for one of the world's largest firms. While my company unfortunately does not do any pro bono work, I can offer my own consultation on any kind of survey work (and at least point anyone who is interested in the right direction if there is ever any interest in doing such research).
I posted a while back on another thread about my dismay at the lack of large sample general research studies and PA (both among PA families and the general population...it doesn't seem as if there is a statistically accurate figure for the incidence of PA in the U.S. or elsewhere at this time).
For example, I think there should be a study in which at least 1,000 people/parents of people with PA are interviewed in order to collect as much information/detail as possible (demographics, family histories, age of onset, types of reactions, school information, ER experiences, etc., etc.). This might allow for statistically significant statements to be made regarding demographic (ethnic, etc.), regional, or other commonalities which might lead to young children (of higher risk) to be tested for PA rather than having to learn about it "the hard way." It could also lead to a better understanding of the genetic make-up of the allergy. Finally, collecting a large pool of information on PA families would just add to the general knowledge of the allergy (for the non-PA population too) and would point to areas for further research and exploration based on its results.
In addition, there should be a similar study done among a random sample of the U.S. population (sample size of at least 1,000 households) in which the basic question is asked "is there anyone in your household with PA?"
Just my two cents!

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2002 - 8:25am
abers's picture
Joined: 10/11/2001 - 09:00

I used to work in public opinion research and now I'm a lawyer. Can't even think about taking on extra work at the moment...but should be freer in a few months.
Yuck2nuts: I agree with you about the survey. I picture asking a general question: "Does anyone in your household suffer from a food allergy" -- then they would specify what type of food -- and the type of reaction -- so we could separate out the intolerances from the true allergies (hard to do, but at least we could separate out the anaphylactic reactions). The only way I picture this happening is if there is some firm that would do it pro bono (probably would need some sort of connection), or if FAAN did it, or it was done as a medical, public-health type study in an academic setting. Do you have any connections with telephone banks? I wonder if it would be possible to bypass the firm and go right to a phone bank.
[This message has been edited by abers (edited July 03, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2002 - 9:18am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi Gail
I'm going to e-mail this thread to a technical writer friend whose is a member of this board. She had the same idea for preparing a small PA manual, but I'm not sure how far it has progressed. She is a fabulous editor and is fluent in English and French.
I noticed you do not have an e-mail address listed - understandable - but if you're going to co-ordinate this project perhaps you could set up a quick anonymous hotmail account and post it in your profile so folks can contact you off the boards. Some don't feel comfortable listing their qualifications but may be fine working behind the scenes. Just a suggestion.

Posted on: Thu, 07/04/2002 - 7:43am
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

Hi Gail,
I'm the aforementioned technical writer.
Awhile back I started compiling material for a PA manual I wanted to write. Between martial arts, night teaching, and raising preschoolers, Life got in the way, and my stuff is patiently waiting for me to get back to it.
Several posters were gracious enough to send me info and pictures for my manual. I also intended to use some of the excellent arguments presented on these boards as content as well.
You can see my ideas on the following thread.

Posted on: Thu, 07/04/2002 - 11:15am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

I am a software engineer "computer type". I'd love to help where I could.

Posted on: Mon, 07/08/2002 - 10:14am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

hello iam a butcher and sausagemaker in a delikatessen chain callt denningers in hamilton ontario and i am very pleast that every custumer can ak for the ingredientlist how is postet at the dely
later thomas

Posted on: Tue, 07/09/2002 - 11:46pm
austin2001's picture
Joined: 05/03/2002 - 09:00

Hi Gail!
I'm a medical technologist (ie laboratory scientist-microbiology)....if there's any way I could help, I'd love to!...ie correlations of lab results from CAP rast testing from different labs and their scoring methods, comparing total IgE levels of peanut allergic individuals. My allergist is also a great resource...she is very much involved in research...

Posted on: Wed, 07/10/2002 - 1:05am
Wolfmeis's picture
Joined: 12/31/2001 - 09:00

I am a personal chef. I find it painfully ironic that I cook around people's dietary requirements and then gave birth to a peanut allergic baby. I started the company when I was 6 months pregnant with her.

Posted on: Thu, 07/11/2002 - 2:22am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Thank you, everyone, for your replies. It's not surprising that we all have talents that make an impact on those living with PA.
yuck2nuts and abers: have you seen the study on a registy of over 5,000 individuals with PA or TA? It is similar to the survey you are both interested in. See: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/press_releases/severe.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/press_releases/severe.html[/url] for an overview of the findings reported in July 01 Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. I'm interested in your thoughts...
Going Nuts: I'm also on my 12th year of "maternity leave" as a Health Education! LOL! Don't you feel you are combining 2 professions now (HEd and motherhood)? I graduated from Illinois in Cummunity Health ('84) but joined SOPHE as an undergrad. Would you be interested in collaborating on a workshop together?? Specifically, I'm interested in writing a workshop for parents to present to their schools on "how to read a label". LaurensMom and austin2001 have offered their assistance (thank you, both!! I'll be in touch!)...
arachide: I read your thread and am VERY interested in your project. Seems like you're willing to revisit your idea? If so, contact me. I'm offering my assistance.
I had temporarily removed my email address (I was one of many involved in "heated" discussions with "newcomers") and have recently added it back to my profile. Please feel free to contact me off the boards if you'd like, anyone.
Thanks again for your willingness to offer your talents, everyone.
[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited July 11, 2002).]


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