Allergy and Asthma Online Communities to Provide Life-Changing Support to Millions of Americans
VIENNA, VIRGINIA / LONDON, UK, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 – Allergy & Asthma Network has announced a new partnership with HealthUnlocked to provide a completely new kind of digital support to people with asthma, allergies and related conditions within the United States.
Asthma and allergies affect a large percentage of people and families in the U.S., with more than 50 million people having some form of allergy and one in 11 people diagnosed with asthma. The reach and extent of these diseases shows the significance and value of information and support.
The partnership further grows the HealthUnlocked network within the U.S. and the range of support specifically tailored to American people with long-term health conditions. It will focus on the development of a range of online digital communities for people with asthma and allergy management. The partnership spans both advice and support to those affected, with three online communities dedicated to asthma, anaphylaxis and allergies. Additionally, there is a Spanish-speaking forum available.
Allergy & Asthma Network’s mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research. The new communities are expected to provide life-changing support, help and prevention by offering an online area for people to come and share experiences with others who have also been through a similar thing. It is aimed to support people directly affected by the conditions and their families.
Join or visit the communities:
Each community is a free and expert resource, open to people with the condition or looking for prevention advice. It will include self-management support for those at risk of developing the disease or interested in advice. The new communities are now available for anyone to join.
HealthUnlocked Chief Executive, Jorge Armanet said: “Support, help and information is invaluable to people living with asthma and allergies. This new partnership will create a safe space for people to ask questions and reach out to others. By coming to one of these communities, the millions of people affected by these conditions will find potentially life-changing support from others going through similar experiences.”
Allergy & Asthma Network President and CEO Tonya Winders added: “We believe these online communities are critical to provide a sense of belonging where people can relate to others going through a similar journey with asthma and allergies.
About Allergy & Asthma Network
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Allergy & Asthma Network specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning publication Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, E-newsletter, AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org and numerous community outreach programs. Follow Allergy & Asthma Network on Facebook and Twitter @AllergyAsthmaHQ. Join the Network at AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org/join.
HealthUnlocked is the third largest health website in the UK and in the top 20 globally. With over 500,000 members and approximately 40 million users per year, the website increases patient engagement and contributes to improved health outcomes, through use of its online health and wellbeing forums/communities.
Users who join the moderated online health communities can:
- Gain access to useful information and relevant services,
- Seek advice, support and mentorship from people like them,
- Be empowered to make better healthcare decisions,
- Help advance medical research and understanding.
- Key Facts and Figures about HealthUnlocked:
- A UK startup launched in 2012 in London
- >500,000 blogger/members spread across the globe sharing experiences of living with a condition
- >40 million visitors to the platform every year
- >600 communities for people with long term conditions
- 70% of HealthUnlocked members want to take part in medical research
- HealthUnlocked platform is used as a clinical care planning tool in 75 hospitals in the UK.