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New England Chapter

109 Highland Ave.newengl
Needham, MA 02494
FAX 781.444.7718


Debbie Saryan, Executive Director

Serving the New England area.

AAFA’s New England Chapter serves the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Since 1979, we have assisted thousands with asthma and allergies to live safer, healthier lives in many ways, including, helping parents develop school plans for their food allergic children, training childcare providers, nurses and respiratory therapists, publishing a newsletter and other educational materials, and providing telephone information and referral services.  Our education/support groups offer expert speakers in 12 community settings. 

AAFA New England is the local food allergy resource. We offer presentations and support groups several times a month. We also provide individual consultation and resources for families, schools and workplaces dealing with food allergies.  

New Englanders have significantly higher asthma rates than the rest of the country. Nearly 10 percent of adults and children living in New England have had asthma. This represents about 2.1 million people in our relatively small region of the country.  While the disease may be leveling off in other parts of the country, it appears to be getting worse in New England, at least among adults.  One in every 5 people has allergies.  Approximately 3 percent of the population is susceptible to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic shock reaction to foods, medications, latex and insect stings. 

AAFA New England holds two major fundraising events each year – the “Breath of Spring Gala Dinner and Auction,” and our annual “Golf Classic.” Our work is made possible because of the money raised at these fun events and generous donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and participation in Community Health Charities of New England. 

For more information about AAFA New England visit our Web site, www.asthmaandallergies.org or call us at 781-444-7778.




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