Support from a Mallinckrodt grant is helping the American Kidney Fund (AKF) launch its new Know Your Kidneys DC™ program – a program aiming to change the stigma the District of Columbia has as “ground zero” for kidney disease. The nation’s capital has neighborhoods with some of the highest national rates of kidney failure in the country.
“Mallinckrodt is committed to addressing the needs of patients who suffer from or are affected by rare kidney diseases, and a way we demonstrate this commitment is supporting efforts like the NKF campaign in the greater Washington, D.C. area,” said Michele Paquette, Senior Director of Nephrology Marketing for Mallinckrodt’s Autoimmune and Rare Diseases business. “We are excited to participate in this effort, where many patients can learn about kidney health.”
This comprehensive outreach, education and screening program designed to reach deep into the community to residents at high risk for kidney disease. AKF has forged partnerships with the United Planning Organization (UPO) and Men’s Health Network to help plan and deliver its health screening and kidney health education programs. Together, the organizations plan to provide free health screenings to 2,000 at-risk D.C. residents this year.
The Know Your Kidneys DC program is built around three primary goals:
• Improve residents’ understanding of kidney disease and its risk factors.
• Motivate them to adapt needed behavior changes to reduce their risk of developing kidney disease.
• Follow up to track increases in knowledge, reported behavior changes and improved health.
“The nation’s capital is a perfect storm of risk factors for kidney disease, creating an enormous public health challenge and placing a very serious physical and financial burden on those who develop kidney failure,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Though any health screening program can have a positive effect on those who participate, we’ve designed Know Your Kidneys DC to go much farther. We want D.C. residents at risk for kidney disease to know we have their backs—that we’ll stay in touch with them, following up, to help motivate them to stay on track to better health.”
AKF’s Know Your Kidneys DC program is made possible by a regional sponsorship grant from Mallinckrodt, as well as presenting national screening sponsors American Renal Associates and U.S. Renal Care, Inc., and other regional Sponsors Akebia Therapeutics and Satellite Healthcare.
As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. Learn more at KidneyFund.org.
Photo credit: American Kidney Fund