Join Allergy & Asthma Network as a Volunteer!
Allergy & Asthma Network values the work of school nurses and we invite you to join us as an ACE volunteer – an Anaphylaxis Community Expert!
Our program began in 2010 and is a network of 327 Teams and a total of 373 Volunteers and we work at a compelling mission to raise awareness, reduce anxieties, and eliminate deaths due to anaphylaxis through outreach, education and advocacy.
Who are ACEs?
School nurses, allergists, community advocates, physicians, nurse practitioners, parents and patients.
You can join as a team or as an individual. You just need to bring your experience, enthusiasm and expertise to the Network. There is a role for you in anaphylaxis awareness and education!
What do I need to do as an ACE volunteer?
- Spread the word about evidence-based practice related to anaphylaxis care in your schools, with fellow school nurses and/or in the community.
- Help professionals and the public understand that epinephrine is the first line treatment for anaphylaxis.
- Raise awareness. Educate. Advocate.
If I’d like to join the program, how do I get started?
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’d like to join us.
- Go to our website at http://acesprogram.aanma.net to familiarize yourself with our resources.
- Go to “New Volunteers” on our webpage and follow 3 easy steps:
- Register with Sally at the Allergy & Asthma Network & join our Facebook community
- Review Volunteer Engagement Materials – become familiar with our ACE PowerPoint presentation: Anaphylaxis: Our Community (You can use this as a presentation for the groups you might speak to)
- Start planning and implementing ACE activities! There’s a link at the bottom of the page with ideas on ACE activities.
How does the Network support you as an ACE?
Allergy & Asthma Network supports our ACE volunteers with resources and technical support. You can order resources from us for your programs that include:
- Understanding Anaphylaxis – an “Anaphylaxis 101” written for patients to understand
- Living Confidently with Food Allergy, published by Anaphylaxis Canada (now Food Allergy Canada) in English and in Spanish
- Living with Latex Allergy
- Anaphylaxis at a Glance laminated poster (8 1Ž2 by 11)
- Epinephrine Auto-Injector laminated poster (8 1Ž2 by 11)
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Sally Schoessler, MSEd, BSN, RN
Director of Education, Allergy & Asthma Network