Last month, in recognition of National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), the American Diabetes Association, National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses (NCPS), and Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority partnered to kick off the first nationwide Kidney Sundays event.
Kidney Sundays was held on March 25. More than 350 African-American faith organizations around the country, with congregations totaling about 280,000 participated in the inaugural event.
The faith communities from Baltimore to St. Louis, and Dallas to Los Angeles, used the newly-revised Kidney Sundays Toolkit to help members learn about the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Faith partners talked with congregation members from the pulpit or during other sessions in activity rooms about the need for people at risk to get tested for kidney disease.
More than 50 of the congregations also conducted blood pressure screenings with Chi Eta Phi registered nurses on site.
In addition to the national Kidney Sundays event, during National Kidney Month, Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, conducted several national and regional radio interviews, including one on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Dr. Rodgers talked about the impact kidney disease has on the African-American community. NCPS President Vivian Berryhill also conducted local radio interviews, discussing the role the faith community plays in health education for the African-American community, and how NCPS is partnering with NKDEP on Kidney Sundays.
On World Kidney Day, through a partnership with Blackdoctor.org, Dr. Rodgers also answered kidney health-related questions online. The questions and answers were posted on Blackdoctor.org's Facebook page, and several kidney health-focused articles were distributed through Blackdoctor.org's newsletter and posted on their website. You can read the articles here:
It's not too late! You can conduct a Kidney Sundays event at any time. You don't have to be a health expert to Make the Kidney Connection with your faith community. The new and refreshed version of the Kidney Sunday Toolkit includes:
Visit the NKDEP website to order FREE materials to share with your congregants or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY.
New NKDEP Website has Launched!
NKDEP launched its redesigned website in March. In addition to improved navigation, the new website contains updated and expanded content for people at risk for and diagnosed with kidney disease. Visit the new website for information for family reunion planners, faith leaders, health educators, and community organization leaders interested in sharing kidney health information in a variety of settings. Explore the site and experience the new resources.
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Page last updated: April 25, 2012