AllerCoach™ Spotlight: Jaclyn Tran
AllerCoach Graduate and Founder of My Simple Palate
My Simple Palate
What is your professional background?
I have been a Licensed Vocational Nurse for over 10 years. Before my nursing; I had worked in a hospital setting consistent with Billing, coding and medical bill charging. I also worked in an operating room for almost four years as a unit Secretary/Scheduler and that is when I fell in love with helping others.
Explain how allergies have affected your life or the life of someone close to you.
Allergies have affected my life as both my children and husband experience multiple food and environmental allergies. All three suffer from anaphalaxis from multiple foods; and both my children have eosinophilic esophagitis.
What motivated you to become an AllerCoach?
What motivated me to become an AllerCoach was my understanding of the severity of allergies; and the lack of education available throughout the community. I wanted to combine my passion in nursing to help families and individuals affected with allergies and special diets; by becoming an AllerCoach. I believe by obtaining the education with the AllerCoach program; I am better prepared to expand my non profit work and help educate my local schools, youth groups and community as a whole.
What were your key takeaways from the AllerCoach program?
Key takeaways from the AllerCoach program I have would be "An Allergy Can Happen to Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime." And there are "15 million Americans currently living with a Food Allergy. Out of that 9 Million are Adults." We always tend to think of children first and allergies do not discriminate.
How have you implemented what you learned from the AllerCoach program?
I have implemented everything I have learned by taking action! I meet and network with multiple groups throughout orange county. In addition my online facebook, instagram, and twitter accounts are up and running. I created a wonderful presentation to the City of Mission Viejo " What to Expect when You're Expecting: The 411 and when to Call 911." I had a second event in July. I have also been asked to become a school allergy liaison and present and educate the Staff.
How has the AllerCoach certification helped you professionally?
The AllerCoach certification has helped me professionally by allowing other outside professionals to include me with their programs. Prior I was not allowed due to not having my certification.
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