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IDF Operation Outreach Portland, OR – Mission Accomplished

Attendees of the IDF Operation Outreach in Portland with IDF Director of Education and Volunteer Development, Kathy Antilla (second from left)

On Saturday, February 12th, an IDF Operation Outreach Meeting was attended by 50 patients and family members in Portland, Oregon.  Operation Outreach offers educational opportunities for individuals impacted by primary immunodeficiency diseases in underserved regions of the country.

The meeting included educational sessions and networking opportunities for persons living with primary immunodeficiency diseases and their families.  For some attendees, this was their first opportunity to meet with other individuals affected by primary immunodeficiency diseases.

The day was packed with wonderful presentations from experts in the field of primary immunodeficiency:

Welcome & IDF Overview
Katherine Antilla, MAEd – Immune Deficiency Foundation

Overview of the Immune System & Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
Daniel G. DeMerell, MD, MPH – Asthma, Allergy and Dermatology Associates, P.C.

Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy
Carla Duff, PNP, CCRP – University of South Florida

Ask the Medical Expert Seminar
Michael J. Barrett, MD – Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Office
Daniel G. DeMerell, MD, MPH
Carla Duff, PNP, CCRP
Robert Lawrence, MD – Interstate Medical Office East

The Affordable Care Act: Current Reform Measures that Help Persons with Chronic Conditions
Lynne Szott, RN – CSL Behring

IDF would like to thank the following volunteers for their help with this meeting:  Cheryl Peterson, Bette Jo Poser, Tiffani Pekkala, Ken Bass and Sabrina McCaskill.  Thanks also to CSL Behring who sponsored the event.

Everyone had a wonderful time and already looking forward to the next IDF meeting in Portland!

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