New research looks at how colleges can help create safer environments for students with food allergies.

Although food allergy has become a disease of public health importance, most college campuses are in the beginning stages of creating systems, structures, and policies that provide comprehensive support, safeguard against accidental ingestions, systematically train key stakeholders in emergency preparedness protocols, and make stock epinephrine widely accessible.

To better understand how to support students and build stronger college systems addressing food allergy, our team conducted a study— published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology—to explore the systems, structures, and policies of food allergies, assess unmet needs, and develop pilot interventions through the use of patient-centered design processes.

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