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State Data: Diabetes in the African-American Community

NKDEP recently developed a number of infographics (or visuals) to help us explain how African Americans are impacted by diabetes, one of the leading risk factors for kidney disease in the United States. Check out the series of graphics documenting African American's rate of diabetes in a number of states. Then visit our Make the Kidney Connection Facebook album to share this information with your Facebook friends.

An infographic explains that one in seven African Americans in California has diabetes, a risk factor for kidney disease

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Family Reunion Season is Around the Corner. NKDEP Helps You Get Ready

Cover image of the Family Reunion Guide

With the arrival of spring, family reunion planners are busy finalizing details or brainstorming fresh ideas for their summer events. Whether it's an extended weekend vacation for loved ones gathering from around the country, or a backyard get-together filled with food, family and fun - events, such as reunions and barbeques, are great opportunities to talk briefly about kidney health.

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) recently re-designed the Family Reunion Health Guide pdf icon (4.35MB), a toolkit that helps planners create kidney health activities that will engage loved ones in discussions about the connection between high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Here are three planning tips you'll find in the new Guide:

We want to hear your story! Is your family having a reunion this summer? Will you host a kidney health event with them? Email us at or head over to our Facebook page to let us know what you're planning and we may feature you in a future eNewsletter!

To order materials to share with your family, visit:

Local Spotlight on Kidney Sundays Events

This March in recognition of National Kidney Month, 72 faith-based organizations in 21 cities and towns around the country hosted Kidney Sundays events.

In partnership with the American Diabetes Association's Live Empowered initiative and Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority, NKDEP and The National Diabetes Education Program provided more than 34,000 kidney health materials and 30,000 diabetes health brochures to help faith organizations make the connection between high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease. Our partners helped make Kidney Sundays a success--thank you!

In St. Louis, Deborah Holmes of ADA and Jeanetta Hegwood of Rho Chapter, Chi Eta Phi partnered to coordinate three Kidney Sundays events in faith communities both large and small. Hegwood shared highlights from one event held at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church:

"[Along with] the 31 blood pressure [screenings conducted] yesterday, we were able to have discussions with the participants about how they were maintaining contact with their physicians, discussion on how they were taking their prescribed medications, as well as reinforcement of what the blood pressure numbers really mean. It also allowed us to open the door to discuss diabetes and kidney disease."

A picture of a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority preparing to administer a blood pressure screening A picture of a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority administering a blood pressure screening

Members of Chi Eta Phi, Sorority Inc. administer blood pressure screenings and share kidney health information at Prince of Peace Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photos provided by the American Diabetes Association.

If you would like to help your faith community make the kidney connection, order or download a copy of the Kidney Sundays toolkit to get started.

Page last updated: April 3, 2013