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

October 4, 2011

NKDEP Provides Kidney Disease Education to Hispanic Communities

In an effort to educate the Hispanic community in the United States, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is partnering with Binational Health Week (BHW) to distribute more than 16,000 of its Spanish-language brochures about kidney disease and its risk factors to Hispanic communities across the country. BHW mobilizes federal and state government agencies, community-based organizations, and volunteers to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population through health promotion and health education activities. This year, the 11th BHW will take place October 1-16 in at least 40 states. NKDEP provided free brochures and training on how to talk about kidney disease to those staffing the events nationwide. Visit for more information.

An update is now available of NKDEP's culturally adapted, Spanish-language educational brochure for people with diabetes and high blood pressure, Si Usted Tiene Diabetes o la Presión Arterial Alta: Hágase las Pruebas para la Enfermedad de los Riñones (If you Have Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Checked for Kidney Disease). Visit NKDEP's Resources page to download or order free copies.

Spanish-language educational brochure

Making the Kidney Connection at Tom Joyner Community Event

Earlier this month, NKDEP exhibited for the third consecutive year at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion hosted by national radio personality, Tom Joyner, in Orlando, Florida. NKDEP's primary goals for the event were to share the Family Reunion Health Guide and encourage families with risk factors for kidney disease, especially those with a family history of kidney failure, to be screened for kidney disease and to share information with their family members.

NKDEP staff met and talked with African American families from across the nation. More than 16,000 NKDEP materials were distributed to families, along with additional materials from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Diabetes Education Program and the Weight-Control Information Network.

Tom Joyner Family Reunion Attendee, Latricia Willis of Orlando, FL

Tom Joyner Family Reunion Attendee, Latricia Willis of Orlando, FL.

Updates Made to Federal CKD Matrix

NKDEP recently updated the content on the Federal Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Matrix - an online resource that summarizes CKD-related activities implemented by Federal agencies. The updated Matrix provides summaries of current CKD-related activities and contact information. You can view information within the Federal CKD Matrix by clicking on:

NKDEP Collaborates with Organizations to Promote New Resources

NKDEP is collaborating with health professional organizations to raise awareness among their members about its free clinical tools and educational resources. The recently launched "Get Involved" section of NKDEP's website offers communication tools that organizations and communities can use to share the information with their members. Some of the resources include newsletter articles for patients and providers; kidney disease illustrations; and social media content such as sample Facebook posts and e-badges that can be embedded into organizations' websites. The resources are simple, short, and created especially for providers. If your organization would like to help spread the word about the availability of the NKDEP materials, please email

NIDDK Partners on AKF Pair Up Campaign

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Director, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, joined the American Kidney Fund (AKF) in New York City's Times Square for the organization's Pair Up campaign launch event on Sept. 22. Pair Up is AKF's new national campaign empowering women to take charge of their health, and the health of their loved ones, through simple actions that can prevent the devastating impact of kidney disease.

The campaign asks women to take two simple actions - learn if they are at risk for kidney disease and spread the word about kidney disease to friends and loved ones who also may be at risk. Laila Ali is the campaign's celebrity spokesperson. She was on hand in Times Square, along with AKF President and CEO, LaVarne Burton.

The NIH and AKF are long-time partners. Through NKDEP, the two have collaborated in research, outreach and in securing screenings for communities at greatest risk for kidney disease and kidney failure. Learn more about the Pair Up campaign by visiting

Pair Up Campaign logo

Federal Agencies Convene at KICC Meeting to Discuss Guidelines

NIDDK and NKDEP hosted the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting on September 9, 2011 in Bethesda, MD. Drs. Kimberly Smith and Shari Ling from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presented on the agency's End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program and its quality measures development process, as well as opportunities for government-wide collaboration. The meeting summary report will be available on the NKDEP website soon.

CMS Quality Care Finder Helps Beneficiaries Find Better Health Care Options

CMS introduced a new Quality Care Finder for beneficiaries and their caregivers that provides contact information for health care facilities and professionals, as well as tips on how to choose the best health care providers and plans. It also allows beneficiaries to compare information about services performed and the quality of care at various health care facilities.

NDEP's Updated Team Care Guide

The National Diabetes Education Program's (NDEP) updated guide, Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management, is now available. The Team Care guide was developed to provide practical resources to help health care professionals and organizations implement collaborative, multidisciplinary team care for adults and children with diabetes in a variety of settings. Team care is a key component of health care reform initiatives that incorporate an integrated health care delivery system, especially those initiatives for chronic disease prevention and management. A team approach can lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes, improve diabetes management, lower risk for complications, and result in positive health outcomes for people with or at risk for diabetes. To view, download, or order your free copy of Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management, visit NDEP's website at Order by phone by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162.

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