4/24 CDC Webinar on Disparities and Preparedness

CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) will hold an April 24, 2019 webinar on Cultural Competence in Preparedness Planning.  When a disaster strikes a community, it often affects people of minority cultural backgrounds disproportionately.  Cultural competency can help public health communicators reduce this disparity.  Find more details and register for the webinar at https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/webinar_20190424.asp.  See https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/index.asp for recordings of past EPIC webinars.

4/5 DFC Technical Expert Panel Nominations

CMS has commissioned UM-KECC to assemble 10-20 volunteers for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to formulate a process for periodically resetting ESRD clinical quality Star-Rating criteria so that the Ratings continue to differentiate facility quality of care when treatment-quality trends reduce the variation between facilities.  Volunteers will include patients, caregivers, ESRD subject matter experts, methodologists, and specialists working on dialysis QI and healthcare disparities.  The TEP will require a one-day in-person meeting in Baltimore in June, plus 3-7 conference calls before and after.  Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2019.  The current call for nominations doesn’t mention it, but past TEPs have reimbursed travel expenses.  For details and nomination forms, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#a0305.

NW16 3/13 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will present a March 13, 2019 Workshop in Portland on Ethics: It’s All about You.  Topics will include medical ethics and professional values, racial disparities, healthcare access, and advocacy.  Six CEUs are pending.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW.ORWAMar2019Ethics.pdf.

NW16 3/13 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will present a March 13, 2019 Workshop in Portland on Ethics: It’s All about You.  Topics will include medical ethics and professional values, racial disparities, healthcare access, and advocacy.  Six CEUs are pending.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW.ORWAMar2019Ethics.pdf.

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The payment deadline for discounted registration to the 2018 NWRD Annual Conference is February 15, 2018.  The Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  Find the agenda, with includes Native American diets and disparities, disaster relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplant, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, and mentoring, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The 2018 NWRD Annual Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Payment received by February 15, 2018 will be discounted $50.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  The agenda includes CKD, disparities, and diet among Native American patients, hurricane relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplantation, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, mentoring, and a “3K Walk and Talk” along the Spokane River featuring best practices to “Renew, Refocus, and Refresh.”  Fourteen CPEUs are available.  Find the agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

The Conference also includes an evening networking opportunity, cooking class, and renal diet workshop called Cultivate your CKD Culinary Skills led by NKF chef instructor Duane Sunwold of the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.  Chef Sunwold, an experienced chef, culinary arts instructor, and former kidney patient, was able to put his kidney disease in remission, in part by changing his lifestyle and diet.  He will share professional techniques for teaching patients how to improve their diet.  Two additional CPEUs are offered for the evening.  Find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.Networking.pdf.

There is also space available for a few more poster sessions on your special project, teaching method, idea, or research; find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.

IHS ESRD Reduction

Over the last two decades the US Indian Health Service has reduced kidney failure from diabetes by more than half among Native Americans, using a suite of seven protocols that are summarized at https://wire.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/systems-approach-slashes-kidney-failure-among-native-americans .