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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

NKDEP, Health and Faith Partners Collaborate for Inaugural National Kidney Sundays Event
March 2012

Inaugural Sunday Event Kicks Off March 25

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), the American Diabetes Association, National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses (NCPS), and Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority are partnering to kick off the first-ever nationwide Kidney Sundays event in March 2012 in recognition of National Kidney Month.

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The collaboration involves more than 50 African-American faith organizations around the country observing Kidney Sundays on the fourth Sunday, March 25.

“As African Americans, we make up about 13 percent of the population, but when it comes to kidney failure, we account for 28 percent of new cases.  This statistic is a concern,” said Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “We can work together to lower the rate of kidney disease. Since many of us turn to places of worship to discuss health issues, I challenge every African-American faith organization to talk about kidney health this month.”

Read Dr. Rodgers’ World Kidney Day statement here.

“We still have lots of work ahead of us in terms of educating people on the serious effects of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and eating habits, and how each relates to kidney health,” said NCPS President Vivian Berryhill, of New Philadelphia Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. “Efforts such as Kidney Sundays are a great start to help pastors' spouses get the conversations started.  This faith-focused kidney awareness campaign gives churches an opportunity to post on church bulletin boards, to disseminate via church bulletins, and to preach from the pulpit about information in a forum where we know people trust us and will pay attention.”

Cities and metropolitan areas participating in the national Kidney Sundays effort are Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Florence (SC), Hampton Roads (VA), Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC metro area.

Conduct Your Own Kidney Sundays Event
You don’t have to be a health expert to Make the Kidney Connection with your faith community. Join other faith organizations around the country and host your own Kidney Sundays event on March 25, during National Kidney Month, or any time of the year. Visit the NKDEP website to order FREE materials to share with your congregants or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY to learn more.

Conduct Your Own Kidney Sundays Event.
You don’t have to be a health expert to Make the Kidney Connection with your faith community. Join other faith organizations around the country and host your own Kidney Sundays event on March 25 or any time during National Kidney Month. Visit the NKDEP website to order FREE materials to share with your congregants or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY to learn more.

Talk about Diabetes
American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March—Tuesday, March 27—is a one-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Learn more here.

Don’t forget to “Like” the NKDEP Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page to get tips and information about kidney health!

Page last updated: March 28, 2012