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Make The Kidney Connection News
April 19, 2011

NKDEP and Urban Housecall Magazine Partner to Bring Kidney Health Information to African Americans.

Last month, in observance of National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) teamed up with Urban Housecall Magazine, an online health resource for African Americans, to raise awareness of kidney health.

Championed by its editor Dr. Karla Robinson, shared important kidney health articles and materials to educate the site’s growing readership of African Americans about their risk for kidney disease. Dr. Robinson partnered with her husband Dr. Robert C. Robinson III (shown here) on the outreach.

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This month we catch up with Dr. Robinson to hear feedback on NKDEP materials she used for:

NKDEP: Was the Kidney Sundays toolkit helpful in leading your CKD discussion?

Dr. Robinson: I found the Kidney Sundays materials very informative and easy to use. As a physician, I found the information accurate, relevant, and on a level that was easy for people with little to no medical knowledge to understand. It helped to facilitate a much needed discussion on CKD among our faith community, as many participants found out that they had one or more risk factors. The Make the Kidney Connection fans were definitely a hit!

NKDEP: Urban Housecall also held a Q&A Ask the Docs about CKD –were people surprised about any information you shared?

Dr. Robinson: The Q&A was great. I found that the majority of the chat participants were concerned about their risk for getting CKD. Many people in the African-American community either have a personal history or a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes, and they were surprised that their risk of CKD was increased.

NKDEP: Tell us how college students at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) responded to the NKDEP materials and CKD information you shared.

Dr. Robinson: The JCSU Health Fair participants found the materials and tools helpful. Many students had parents with either diabetes or hypertension and wanted to share the materials with them as a way to encourage them to take better care of their health and live healthier lifestyles. The kidney stress balls were a hit among the college students as final exams are approaching!

NKDEP thanks Dr. Robinson for being a great partner during National Kidney Month!

You too can bring kidney health information to your community. Visit NKDEP’s resource page to order FREE materials to share with your family, faith community and friends.

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