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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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

Make the Kidney Connection with NKDEP's new online home
NKDEP introduces redesigned website with new tips, tools, and resources
May 2012

Screenshot of family reunion initiative web page

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) has launched its redesigned website.

You will find everything you need to learn how to keep your kidneys healthy—and how to help family and members of your community learn to do the same.

In addition to better navigation, the new website has updated and expanded content for people at risk for and diagnosed with kidney disease. Some of the key features include:

Head over to www.nkdep.nih.gov/get-involved.shtml to check out the site and the new resources. Like what you see? Have a recommendation? Tell us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/makethekidneyconnection

We invite Spanish-speakers to visit the new all-Spanish language website.

Memphis Pastor Uses His Story to Encourage His Congregation to Be Kidney Healthy

Photo of Rev. Dr. Robert Mason

For the more than 80,000 Americans currently on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant, the need for immediate action is real. For the Rev. Dr. Robert Mason, the need is urgent.

"It started in my late 50s when I learned that I had high blood pressure," said the Rev. Dr. Mason, senior pastor at Greater Middle Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., of his health journey. "Years later, I was diagnosed with kidney disease after going to the hospital for congestive heart failure. I realized that my kidney health issues were a result of not managing my high blood pressure."

High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading risk factors for kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure affects African Americans at a much higher rate than other populations, and African Americans currently represent 35 percent of the 80,000 people on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Rev. Mason was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000, and he has been on dialysis for five years. In recent months, he has faced health challenges with dialysis.

"In my case, I had certain indications that something was wrong, but found out later on that it was a matter of taking my health seriously and that I needed to take better care of myself," Rev. Mason said. "The fact that I'm in need of a transplant has allowed me to become part of the solution in reaching others."

Rev. Mason takes the time to educate his congregation about organ donation, particularly as it relates to kidney health, and he uses his own story as an example.

To learn more about how you can share kidney health information with your congregation, visit Kidney Sundays.

Get Involved
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.

Join us on Facebook
Don't forget to "Like" the NKDEP Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page to get tips and information about kidney health. Join the community!

Page last updated: June 6, 2012