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


June 18, 2013


NKDEP Aims to Support Nurse Practitioners in CKD Management

Given the critical role nurse practitioners (NP) play in managing patients with chronic conditions in the primary care setting, NKDEP is developing an initiative to support NPs who work with CKD patients and those at risk for CKD. In order to inform the initiative, NKDEP recently hosted a roundtable discussion with practicing NPs to understand the barriers that inhibit NPs from providing CKD care, how these barriers might be overcome, and what resources could improve care. To build on insights from this initial research, NKDEP will conduct two roundtables at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference later this month. If you are a nurse practitioner interested in getting involved in the initiative, please contact NKDEP Associate Director Eileen Newman.

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New Tools Help Dietetic Educators Teach CKD Nutrition Therapy

NKDEP has developed a suite of materials to support dietetic educators in teaching students and interns about An image of slides from the Chronic Kidney Disease 101: Nutrition Intervention module nutritional interventions for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The materials are designed to provide students and interns with the basic information they will need to counsel patients who have CKD once they become practicing registered dietitians (RD). The dietetic educators materials suite includes a presentation, Chronic Kidney Disease 101: Nutrition Intervention, which covers kidney function, kidney disease, and basic information about the CKD diet in the outpatient setting. Additionally, the suite includes four outpatient case studies that challenge students to think critically about nutritional interventions and apply their CKD nutrition knowledge. The case studies feature patients with a variety of kidney-related conditions, including hypertension and prediabetes, albuminuria and type 2 diabetes, and several CKD complications.

Spotlight on Success: Reaching African Americans at Risk for Kidney Disease

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In its second year, NKDEP's national Kidney Sundays program surpassed the grassroots reach achieved in its inaugural year. In partnership with the American Diabetes Associations' Project Power initiative and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Kidney Sundays events throughout March 2013 engaged more than 70 African American faith communities in 25 cities to dedicate a day to talking about kidney health. Nearly 80,000 kidney health materials from NKDEP and other National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) programs were distributed to participants; in addition, nurses from Chi Eta Phi conducted more than 4,750 blood pressure screenings at the congregations and referred 136 people to local PCPs for further evaluation.

Additionally, NKDEP expanded the reach of kidney health messages through traditional and social media activities in recognition of National Kidney Month. A new series of infographics highlighting the impact of kidney disease among African Americans were highlighted on NKDEP's Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page throughout March, garnering the page's most popular post since its launch in 2011. NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin Rodgers also conducted his third Facebook Q&A with to answer followers' kidney health questions, receiving 65 questions—almost triple the response from 2012. Dr. Rodgers also conducted ten radio interviews including an appearance on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). Sixty-nine TJMS listeners texted questions about kidney health within an hour of the early morning interview, which the show posted with Dr. Rodgers' answers on

Highlight: New Content on NKDEP Website

Health Information Technology and Pharmacy Working Group Web Sections
New on the NKDEP website are dedicated sections for the Health Information Technology Working Group and Pharmacy Working Group. Each section outlines working group members and key activities undertaken since the groups launched in 2012. Visit NKDEP's Working Groups webpage to learn more.

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Diet Fact Sheets Now Easier to Access
NKDEP is continuing to make its CKD & Nutrition resources easier to reference digitally by making its popular nutrition fact sheets available in HTML. RDs and their patients can now more easily access content on CKD and nutrition, food label reading, sodium, protein, phosphorus, potassium, and kidney test results. The diet fact sheets, in English and Spanish, are available at NKDEP's online Resource Center or through its CKD & Nutrition page.

Coming Soon: New Spanish-language Brochures

NKDEP is finalizing the cultural adaption of three popular English-language brochures: Chronic Kidney Disease and Medicines, Is My Child at Risk for Kidney Disease?, and High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know. Keep an eye on the NKDEP online Resource Center to see when the Spanish adaptations are available to order and download.

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Talk About Your Family's Health History at This Year's Summer Gatherings

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and it is estimated that at least one out of four people with diabetes have the disease but don't know it. Another 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The first step toward preventing type 2 diabetes—and complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney disease—is finding out if you are at risk for the disease.

This summer, encourage people to take time at family gatherings to find out if type 2 diabetes runs in the family. People who have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes have a greater chance of developing the disease themselves. Visit for resources from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to help people talk about their family health history, including the Family Health History Quiz and 4 Questions You Should Ask about Diabetes and Family Health History. You can also share NDEP's Tasty Recipes booklet, Healthy Eating at Family Gatherings and Special Events video, and the Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes tip sheet for ideas to help people eat healthy and be active as a family. In addition, you can use NKDEP's Family Reunion Health Guide to discuss the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease at your next family reunion—or any family gathering.

HBO and Institute of Medicine Release Weight of the Nation for Kids

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The HHSinnovates award-winning and Emmy-nominated The Weight of the Nation obesity documentary series and public education initiative has expanded its reach with a series of short films for young people. As with the original series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The kids' series consists of three half-hour segments that highlight young people actively improving their health and the health of their communities. The first segment in the family-friendly series, "Kebreeya's Salad Days," shows a teenager's efforts to grow a school garden and change her school's and family's eating habits in the process. "Quiz Ed!" tests the nutrition and physical activity knowledge of students, showing steps kids can take toward a healthier lifestyle. "The Great Cafeteria Takeover," which first aired with the original series in May 2012, will rerun, featuring New Orleans kids who transform their school lunch menu.

The films are available for free in English or Spanish on the HBO website. For more on the collaboration, as well as NIH weight-control information and research resources, visit the NIH and Weight of the Nation website.

Federal Agencies Gather to Discuss Comprehensive Health Care

Representatives from various Federal agencies convened to discuss timely Federal health care efforts during the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting held on March 15 in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIDDK-hosted meeting featured a speaker from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who presented the agency's new Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Model—a new Medicare model of payment that was developed under the authority of the Affordable Care Act to improve patient outcomes and expenditure savings. A representative from NIDDK spoke about Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and NIH's pragmatic trials used to measure effectiveness under real world conditions. Also, Dr. Patrick Archdeacon, Senior Clinical Adviser for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), explained the new Kidney Health Initiative formed by FDA and the American Society of Nephrology to encourage collaboration among the greater nephrology community and optimize the evaluation of kidney drugs and devices. A meeting summary pdf icon (200 KB) is now available on the NKDEP website.

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NKDEP News is a quarterly newsletter featuring news and information on NKDEP's activities, new materials, and publications. It also features relevant news regarding kidney disease and its risk factors from other NIDDK programs, Federal agencies and non-government organizations. 

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