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Make The Kidney Connection News
October, 2011

Many New Things to Share from Make the Kidney Connection

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New NKDEP Outreach Video Available
Education is what the National Kidney Disease Education Program is all about. NKDEP's latest outreach video explains why it is important to talk about kidney health with your family and faith community—and share information about resources to help you do it.

The video features Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and partners and families who have used NKDEP materials in their health education programs. The video also highlights the stories of individuals with diabetes and kidney disease and their call for others to pay attention to their kidney health. The video can help you start a kidney health conversation with friends and loved ones. Click here to view the video and share it with others. Visit the NKDEP resource page to order materials to help you incorporate kidney health in your next family or community health event.

NKDEP thanks the leadership and members of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA, for allowing us to share their stories and the Abrams Family Reunion of Willow Grove, PA for featuring the Family Reunion Guide at their event.

AKF Launches Pair Up Campaign with Laila Ali
The July issue of the Make the Kidney Connection e-newsletter featured tips to help you coordinate a health screening with our partner, the American Kidney Fund (AKF). Last month, AKF launched its Pair Up campaign in New York's Times Square. AKF President and CEO LaVarne Burton, boxing champion Laila Ali and NIDDK's Director Dr. Griffin Rodgers spoke at the event. Dr. Rodgers emphasized the importance of prevention and NKDEPs collaborative efforts with AKF.

Pair Up is a national campaign empowering women to take charge of their health, and the health of their loved ones, through simple actions that can prevent the devastating impact of kidney disease. The campaign asks women to take two simple actions—learn if they are at risk for kidney disease and spread the word about kidney disease to friends and loved ones who also may be at risk. Learn more at

Norfolk State University Partners Raise Kidney Health Awareness
NKDEP is always excited to hear how partners use our materials to educate the community. Dr. Bennie Marshall, chair of the Norfolk State University (NSU) Department of Nursing and Allied Health, is a long-time NKDEP partner and community health champion. Under her leadership, the department has used NKDEP materials to increase awareness about kidney health in the Hampton Roads, VA, region. Along with her colleague, Dr. Jessica Parrott, Dr. Marshall has featured NKDEP materials at six health awareness events this year.

In September, Dr. Marshall and Dr. Parrott organized a health workshop, "Taking Steps to Prevent and Control Kidney Disease," for the NSU community. Over two days, more than 100 students and faculty learned about the relationship between high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease. Using facts and talking points as a foundation from the NKDEP's Family Reunion Health Guide and the Kidney Sundays Toolkit, NSU nursing students, faculty, and local nurses presented information on how the kidneys function. They also offered blood pressure screening for attendees and treatment information on topics such as nutrition, medication, dialysis, and transplantation.

Share your NKDEP story on Facebook
Have you hosted a health event recently? Share how you used NKDEP materials in your community on our Facebook page. Your story could inspire someone else to help others raise awareness of kidney health.

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