Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)


Currently, California has training standards in place for administering stock epinephrine in schools.  However, CA introduced a mandated stock epinephrine legislation earlier in 2014.

Proposed Senate Bill 1266 seeks to mandate stock epinephrine in schools. Senate Bill 1266 passed the Senate 37-0 on May 28, 2014. It currently is in the Assembly Appropriations committee, awaiting a vote on whether to remove it from the “suspense” file–placed there for evaluation because of the cost associated with the legislation. On August 14th, the Assembly’s Appropriations committee will vote on this legislation to decide if it will be let off of the suspense file. If the bill is held on the suspense file, it will die by default due to the fiscal constitutional deadline.

We encourage everyone in California to contact their legislators before August 14th and ask them to pass this legislation!  To do so, visit California Advocates for Food Allergies.   


Existing California Education Code

California’s Education Code has training standards in place for administering stock epinephrine in schools. Training standards for the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors in accordance with California Education Code Section 49414 Congratulations!  Your state has passed stock-epinephrine laws or regulations that permit an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in a school. However, our job is not done yet. Each law or regulation must be implemented or put into action by a board or an agency. The agency or board will then issue administrative rules, guidelines or best practices explaining in detail how it intends to put the law into effect and what a mother, father, caregiver, physician, pharmacist or school nurse must do to comply with the law. AANMA is an active resource in these states assisting administrators in a seamless rollout of the stock-epinephrine laws.

Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?


Southern California ACE Teams:

Julia Hart-Lawson of Carlsbad Unified School District
Carlsbad, CA

Asha Desai, MD of Asha K. Desai, MD
Folsom, CA

Sarah Field, MD, FAAAAI of CHOC Children’s Specialists
Orange, CA

Seymour Silverberg, MD of Seymour Silverberg MD Inc
Northridge, CA

Vanessa Forsythe, RN of Park Dale Lane Elementary School
Encinitas, CA

Marilyn Li, MD and Salima Thobani, MD of LA Breathmobile Program
Los Angeles, CA

Sonal Patel, MD
Los Angeles, CA

Christina Schwindt, MD of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Southern California
Mission Viejo, CA
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Flora Abrahamian, MD of Huntington Medical Foundation
Pasadena, CA

Lawrence Sher, MD and Jennifer Smith of Palos Verdes Medical Group
Rolling Hills, CA

Joshua Gibbs, DO
San Bernadino, CA

Edward Buschbaum, MD; Ruena Mantes, RN; Katie Marks-Cogan, MD; Gary Quiros; and Joyce Schoettler, MD;  of South Bay Allergy & Asthma Associates
Torrance, CA
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Northern California ACE Teams:

Nora Crans, RN, MS, PHN, District Nurse for Castro Valley Unified School District
Castro Valley, CA

Seturam Pandurangi, MD of Sutter Health
Fairfield, CA

Praveen Buddiga, MD, of Baz Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center
Fresno, CA

Michelle Komos, District School Nurse for Gustine Unified School District
Gustine, CA

Jenny Rhodes
Newark, CA

Joann Blessing-Moore, MD
Palo Alto, CA

Sarah Pederson, RN, BSN, of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Redwood City, CA

Travis Miller, MD of The Allergy Station
Roseville, CA

Sunil Perera, MD of Allergy Medical Group of the North Area, Inc.
Roseville, CA

Marianne Akerland
Sacramento, CA

June Zhang, MD of The Allergy & Asthma Clinic
San Mateo, CA

Priti Singh, MD and Vilma Stitt, RN of Kaiser Permanente
Sunnyvale, CA

Jun Lu, MD of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Tracy, CA

Patty Morris of Siskiyou County Department of Education
Yreka, CA

Sample ACE Team Activity:

Dr. Flora Abrahamian educated approximately 50 residents and doctors during medical grand rounds at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Dr. Abrahamian completed a presentation to approximately 50 members of the Armenian Medical World Congress in Hollywood, FL on July 5, 2013.  She reviewed the different causes and presentations of anaphylaxis; how to diagnose and treat it (emphasized epinephrine use) and when to refer to an allergist.

Vanessa Forsythe presented “Anaphylaxis Updates in the School Setting” for 30 school nurses on April 20, 2013 in Del Mar, CA.

Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan provided information about why food allergies are on the rise, during an interview with a local ABC news station.

Dr. Christina Schwindt presented anaphylaxis preparedness information to Irvine Unified School District Nurses. This presentation included a demonstration of how to properly use an epinephrine auto-injector as well as an interactive question/answer discussion.

On July 23, 2013, Dr. Lawrence Sher presented a community lunch and learn seminar on “Cats, Dust Mites and Nuts, Oh My! The Allergic World We Live In and How Research is Changing It All” to community members at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

South Bay Allergy ACE Team Shares the Know-How

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