The EMPOWER (Enhancing, Managing, and Promoting Well-being and Resiliency) Program Within The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute – A person-centered care initiative

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Brianna J. Lewis
Rachel A. Annunziato
Michael A. Ambrose
Melissa Rubes
Christina Supelana
Christine Low
Scott Sicherer
Eyal Shemesh


The EMPOWER program was launched to provide patient and family-centered care, which includes emotional support and consultation to children who suffer from food allergy and their parents.  It resides within the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute in the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai inNew York,USA.  Patients’ perspectives are central to program development.  Patient and family feedback has been incorporated into all operational and developmental aspects of the emerging program. This approach is frequently recommended but rarely practiced. [1,2]  This manuscript presents the original aims of the program, the way those aims were approached, and the progress to date.  Research results, as well as information about programmatic processes, are presented, with the intent of providing useful information to readers who might be interested in creating similar patient-centered programs.

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