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

June 22, 2009

NKDEP Encourages Families to Make the Kidney Connection  

Through partnerships and other outreach efforts, NKDEP has been encouraging African Americans with diabetes and high blood pressure to "make the kidney connection" and get tested for CKD. As part of this effort, NKDEP is promoting its Family Reunion Initiative, which encourages discussion about kidney health at reunions and other family gatherings.

This year, NKDEP has developed partnerships with more than 48 organizations, including several historically black colleges and universities, convention and visitors bureaus, community and professional health organizations, and African American fraternities and sororities. Over the past six months, these partners have distributed more than 6,000 copies of NKDEP materials to educate their members and constituents about kidney disease.

NKDEP is also getting the word out by attending community events, including the Washington, DC Tom Joyner "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" in April, the Radio One Stone Soul Picnics in DC and Baltimore in August, and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando over Labor Day weekend. In addition, NKDEP is providing materials for other large events, such as the Alpha Phi Alpha Convention in New Orleans and the National Medical Association Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas.

Dr. Rodgers Puts Spotlight on African American Health

Along with leaders of national health organizations and other prominent health officials, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), is scheduled to participate in a health symposium during the Alpha Phi Alpha Convention in New Orleans in July. Alpha Phi Alpha, the country's oldest African American fraternity, organized the symposium to garner discussion about what can be done to decrease health disparities among African Americans; highlight the resources and tools of Alpha partner organizations, such as the American Heart Association; and provide a visible platform for rolling out the Dr. Henry Arthur Callis African American Male Health Initiative and the fraternity's health mentoring program.

In April, Dr. Rodgers was interviewed on Washington, DC radio station WMMJ-FM as part of the Tom Joyner "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" at Providence Hospital. The interview focused on raising awareness about kidney disease and its risk factors in the African American community as well as the importance of getting tested.

NKDEP Partners with CMS QIOs

To help improve the care of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) have included an initiative on CKD within the Quality Improvement Organizations' (QIOs) current scope of work.  Under an inter-agency memorandum of agreement, NKDEP is providing technical assistance and educational materials for patients and providers. This collaboration is underway in ten states, with more than 45,000 copies of NKDEP materials distributed in the past six months through providers' offices and community settings. As the partnership moves forward, NKDEP will continue to provide support and materials to the QIOs, who will be sharing valuable feedback on current and future NKDEP materials.

CME Webinar on Nutrition Available

On April 29, NKDEP Coordinating Panel member Theresa Kuracina, MS, RD, CDE - of the Indian Health Service - presented a free webinar on behalf of NKDEP titled, "Nutritional Management of Chronic Kidney Disease." The webinar focused on the importance of diet in the management of CKD, how to begin counseling CKD patients on key diet components, and the referral process and Medicare coverage of medical nutrition therapy for CKD.

Health professionals are invited to view the archived presentation and earn free continuing medical education (CME) credits through the American Academy of Family Physicians. Learn more or watch now.

Chinese- and Vietnamese-Language Explaining GFR Tear-Pads

NKDEP's popular Explaining GFR: A Tear-off pad for Clinical Use is now available in Chinese and Vietnamese. The pad includes 50 easy-to-read patient education tear-sheets that providers can use when explaining GFR results to patients, as well as key concepts and talking points for providers. Order up to five copies of new versions or the English and Spanish versions of the Pad.

Three NKDEP Materials Win NIH Plain Language Award

We are pleased to report that three of NKDEP's newest materials each won a Plain Language Award from the National Institutes of Health.  The first, Explaining GFR tear-off pad (Spanish), received a Silver award; and the remaining two, Explaining GFR tear-off pad (English) and Quick Reference on UACR and GFR fact sheet, received Bronze awards. The Plain Language Awards recognize clear, concise, and audience-appropriate documents. View these materials and/or order copies.

NIDDK Announces New Deputy Director

The NIDDK announced the hire of Gregory G. Germino, MD, as Deputy Director of the Institute.  Dr. Germino will work with Dr. Rodgers to provide scientific and managerial leadership to the NIDDK. Dr. Germino will also pursue his own scientific research within NIDDK.

Previously, Dr. Germino served as a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Yale, spent a year conducting research at Oxford, and stayed on at Yale as junior faculty for four years after completing his training. He acquired extensive leadership and mentoring experience at Johns Hopkins, and has been very active in national organizations. Dr. Germino began his tenure at NIDDK on May 26.

NKUDIC Updates Kidney Disease Fact Sheets

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) has updated three fact sheets about kidney disease. The Kidneys and How They Work is an illustrated, 12-page fact sheet that provides a general overview of normal kidney function and kidney disease. It describes common types and causes of kidney disease, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, CKD stages, steps to slow kidney disease progression, and treatment options for kidney failure. A Spanish-language version is also available.

Hemodialysis Dose and Adequacy is a six-page fact sheet that explains the two methods used to determine if hemodialysis is effectively filtering waste products from the blood, as well as techniques for improving hemodialysis. A third fact sheet explains proteinuria and its relevance to CKD, and summarizes diagnostic tests and treatment options.

Order free copies or download these and other publications on the NKUDIC website.

Updated Diabetes Tools for Health Professionals Available from NDEP

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has updated two of its free clinical practice tools for health professionals. Its latest resource is the 2009 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance, a pocket-sized guide to help health professionals diagnose and treat diabetes. The card provides recommendations from the American Diabetes Association as well as treatment goals and a diabetes management schedule.

In addition, Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care has been updated to reflect the findings of several recent studies of people with diabetes that impact clinical decisions for diabetes management.  It also outlines the patient-centered principles of diabetes care.

These and other resources for health professionals are available to order or download from the NDEP website or by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (6337); TTY: 1-866-569-1162.

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