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

March 6, 2012

Reminder: March is National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing for those at high risk (those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure) and treatment to prevent or slow kidney failure. This March, NKDEP offers 10 ways that you can get involved and help raise awareness.

NKDEP, Partners Coordinate Inaugural Kidney Sunday during National Kidney Month

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NKDEP will hold its inaugural national Kidney Sunday event on March 25th with nearly 45 faith organizations around the country conducting health information sessions focused on kidney disease education. In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses, and Chi Eta Phi National Sorority Inc., these faith organizations will discuss the risk factors of kidney disease and help congregants and members with diabetes or high blood pressure learn how to live healthier, longer lives. Nurses will conduct health screenings, and faith organizations will share information with congregants about Diabetes Alert Day (March 27) and the Diabetes Risk Test.

In addition, throughout the month, NKDEP will recognize National Kidney Month with a variety of outreach activities, including:

Cleveland Pastor Shares Kidney Transplant Story during ‘Healthy Moments’ Radio Segment

Photo of Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, NIDDK

The Rev. Dr. David Cobb, pastor at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, will be featured this month in one of the NIDDK’s Healthy Moments national radio segments. Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D. M.A.C.P., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will talk with the Rev. Cobb about the high rates of kidney failure in the African-American community and how faith organizations can share health information with their members. Healthy Moments is a year-long series of weekly radio reports that provide tips on how to prevent and control diseases that are of interest to the NIDDK. The series airs throughout the year on Radio One stations in select markets across the United States. Visit Healthy Moments online to listen.


NKDEP Encourages Family Reunion Planners to Discuss Kidney Health with Loved Ones

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For the third year, NKDEP exhibited at the Family Reunion Workshop sponsored by Visit Fairfax (Virginia). NKDEP spoke with more than 50 African-American family reunion planners from the Mid-Atlantic States, sharing information about incorporating kidney health at reunions and how to use social media to reach loved ones with health information. The team distributed NKDEP’s Family Reunion Health Guide, kidney health brochures, and educational materials from the National Diabetes Education Program and the Weight-control Information Network. Other workshop presenters included Reunions magazine editor-in-chief Edith Wagner, as well as local hospitality experts. NKDEP was the only health organization represented.

NKDEP, Partners Educate Parents on High Blood Pressure Risk Factors for Kids

Cover of High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know brochure

NKDEP’s new High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know brochure educates families about the many risk factors associated with hypertension in children. The brochure, developed in partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, highlights steps to maintain healthy blood pressure levels in children, as well as tips to help children make healthy food choices. The brochure, an addition to the program’s pediatric resources, is free-of-charge and available to order or download via the NKDEP website.


Federal Agencies Convene at KICC Meeting to Discuss Research

NIDDK and NKDEP hosted the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting on March 2, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Robert Star, director of NIDDK's Kidney, Urologic, & Hemotologic Diseases division, spoke about the future of Federal chronic kidney disease research and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presented on its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation ESRD Initiative. The meeting summary report will be available soon on the NKDEP website.

FDA Seeking Members for Advisory Committees, Advisory Panels

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently recruiting qualified academicians/practitioners, consumers, patients, and industry representatives to serve on its advisory committees or advisory panels. Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified persons. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Potential candidates will be required to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest. Find out more and submit a nomination.

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