JUNE 6-10, 2022

Welcome to Kidney Action Week Day 2!

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Day two of Kidney Action Week is here! Thank you for joining us. Check out today’s agenda by clicking the button below. While you’re waiting for your sessions to start, spend some time connecting with your fellow Kidney Action Week participants using our chat box.

Today’s Agenda: Tuesday, June 7

Ask "The Cooking Doc:" Q & A with Nephrologist, Dr. Blake Shusterman

Session Info:

Choosing the right foods is key to managing kidney disease at every stage. Whether you are on dialysis, were just diagnosed with kidney disease, have a kidney transplant or are somewhere in between, understanding what foods to eat and in what amount can help you successfully manage kidney disease. Dr. Blake Shusterman, aka The Cooking Doc, will provide insights into eating well with kidney disease, combining his expertise as a practicing nephrologist and a published cookbook author. The Cooking Doc is bringing his “Change Your Buds” message to Kidney Action Week through an interactive question and answer session that will discuss common challenges of eating with kidney disease and offer strategies for eating within dietary guidelines, while still enjoying food.

Speakers:

  • Melanie Paris, MA MPH – Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education, American Kidney Fund

  • Blake Shusterman, MD – Nephrologist & The Cooking Doc

A moment to inspire: Amelia R. and Sadallah A.

Session Info:

Join Amelia and Sadallah as they share how the American Kidney Fund’s Calendar Kids Art Contest has inspired young kidney patients to fight for more than 27 years.

Congressional Briefing: The Crisis in Kidney Disease

Session Info:

From 2009-2019, the number of people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) increased by more than 40 percent and that trajectory is predicted to continue over the next 10 years. In 2009, there were 574,000 people with kidney failure; that number increased to 809.000 in 2019; if this trend continues, the number of people with ESRD will be well over 1 million by 2030.

ESRD has a hugely disproportionate impact on communities of color; Black people comprise 13% of the US population but are over 35% of people on dialysis. We also know that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people with ESRD – mortality and hospitalization rates for these patients much higher than the general population. Further, ESRD not only disrupts lives, but it also has a high cost to society in terms of medical costs, lost wages and mortality.

This briefing will examine WHY we are in this situation and WHAT we can do about it.

This session is made possible thanks to the generous support of the American Kidney Fund’s 2022 Corporate Members.

Speakers:

  • Mike Spigler, MCHES – Vice President of Patient Support & Education, American Kidney Fund

  • LaVarne A. Burton – President & Chief Executive Office, American Kidney Fund

  • Patrick O. Gee, PhD, JLC – Founder & CEHD, iAdvocate

  • Dora Hughes, MD, MPH – Chief Medical Officer at the CMS Innovation Center, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at HHS

  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt – Rochester (D-DE), U.S. Representative

Chair yoga with Lakshmi Voelker

Session Info:

Get fit where you sit during this adaptive yoga class. Lakshmi Voelker, the creator of chair yoga, will show us how easy it is to stay active even when you feel limited. Join us to learn how you can do yoga in any chair at any time!

Stage 3 CKD: High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease

Session Info:

Only second to diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) is a top cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Speakers will discuss the impact of high blood pressure on the kidneys, how to manage high blood pressure with stage 3a and 3b CKD, the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, as well as medication treatment options. The audience will be able to ask questions of a nephrologist, a renal dietitian, and a speaker living with stage 3 CKD and high blood pressure.

Speakers:

  • Melanie Paris, MA MPH – Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education, American Kidney Fund

  • Yoshio Hall, MD, MS – Professor of Medicine, University of Washington

  • Linda Ross – American Kidney Fund Ambassador, Living with Kidney Disease

  • Kathy Wong, RDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, DaVita Kidney Care

Life with In-Center Dialysis

Session Info:

The dialysis care team from Iredell Health System in Statesville, NC will provide an overview of in-center dialysis. The panelists acknowledge the fear and confusion that comes with a kidney disease diagnosis and will aim to give an easy-to-understand summary of dialysis, and also discuss social issues associated with dialysis, how to best communicate with your care team, and answers to common patient questions.

Speakers:

  • Delphine Tuot, MD – Interim Division Chief of Nephrology at ZSFG, Associate CMO of Specialty Care and Diagnostics at ZSFG, and Director of the UCSF Center for Innovation in Access and Quality at ZSFG.

  • Carolyn Evans-Howard, RN – Registered Nurse, Iredell Health System

  • Kristi Keller, RN, BSN, CDN – Assistant Director of Hemodialysis, Iredell Health System

  • Shanice Lattimore, RN – Registered Nurse, Iredell Health System

Kidney Kitchen demonstration: Snack with Chef Linda Blaylock

Session Info:

Join Chef Linda Blaylock, as she guides us through how to make a tasty and kidney friendly Lower Carb Berry Gelatin Fluff.

Veterans Health Administration and American Kidney Fund Coffee Chat

Session Info:

As part of a partnership between the American Kidney Fund and the Veterans Health Administration, this talk will feature a conversation between LaVarne Burton (AKF) and Dr. Erica Scavella (VHA) about kidney disease and how it impacts the veteran population. More specifically, they will cover risk factors, causes, and treatments for CKD; share about health disparities in kidney disease generally and specifically for veterans; and provide resources for veterans at risk for kidney disease. By raising awareness around kidney disease and how it affects veterans, this session will illustrate the value of this important partnership around promoting the health and wellness of veterans.

Speakers:

  • Mike Spigler, MCHES – Vice President of Patient Support & Education, American Kidney Fund

  • LaVarne A. Burton – President & Chief Executive Office, American Kidney Fund

  • Erica M. Scavella, MD, FACP, FACHE – Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services, Veterans Health Administration

Thank you to our Kidney Action Week Sponsors!

Nation’s leading kidney nonprofit

Fighting on All Fronts

AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with and at risk for kidney disease. From prevention to life after a transplant, AKF supports people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease.

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