March is National Kidney Month, and March 11, 2021 is World Kidney Day. The theme for this year’s World Kidney Day is Living Well with Kidney Disease, aimed toward increasing education and awareness about effective symptom management and patient empowerment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging life participation. Find our more at https://www.worldkidneyday.org/2021-campaign/. This year’s National Kidney Month is focused around taking charge of your health and the many factors that go into managing your kidney disease. Find out more about National Kidney Month at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month.
The CMS National Training Program’s March 11, 2021 webinar will include a presentation on Medicare for people with ESRD, March updates on Medicare, and National Kidney Month. Register at https://cmsnationaltrainingprogram.cms.gov/moodle/login/index.php.
The UCLA CORE Kidney Program will present a March 4, 2021 UKEEP webinar on Kidney Disease: What You Should Know. For details and registration, see the poster below, or https://uclahs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hjcPosQgSieUDGL3CIzAqw. They will also present a March 21, 2021 Virtual Kidney Conference on Educating, Empowering, and Inspiring Hope. Find more information about the Conference, and register, at https://uclahs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZgPWycdXR_OXq26FbQZp4A.
The Renal Support Network has been offering its free Annual Patient Education Meeting for kidney patients and their families in the Los Angeles area for 27 years. With COVID-19 complicating things this year, RSN did what only Lori Hartwell could have imagined doing – they went global and online, and made it five times as big! So this year, RSN Hope Week will span November 10-14, 2020 with a different theme each day: CKD on day 1, Dialysis on day 2, Transplant on day 3, All Stages of Care on day 4, and Parenting Children with CKD on day 5.
Find RSN’s press release introducing the week at https://www.rsnhope.org/press-releases/renal-support-networks-27th-annual-patient-education-meeting-goes-virtual/. Find a short version of the agenda below. It’s page 1 of their flyer, which includes a full page describing each day – find the full 6-page flyer HERE. Find brief vitae and snapshots of the full faculty at https://www.rsnhope.org/hope-week-faculty/. And register at https://www.rsnhope.org/hope-week-rsns-national-online-patient-meeting/ – there’s also a short version of the agenda on that page.
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present an 11am PST November 19, 2020 webinar on Looking Out for the Caregiver: Understanding the People Who Care for Dialysis Patients. For details see below. Register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/?bblinkid=244466063&bbemailid=25295695&bbejrid=1697677768.
DPC will also host 11am PST webinars on Coping with the Holidays December 17, 2020; Advance Directives & Shared Decision-Making January 28, 2021; Nutrition and Exercise for the Immune System February 25, 2021; and The Empowered Patient: Taking Steps to Manage Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease March 25, 2021.
The Renal Support Network has recently published audio podcasts for patients on:
● What Is Lupus? – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/what-is-lupus/.
● Transitioning to Home Dialysis – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/transitioning-home-dialysis/.
● Bacteria VS. Virus – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/bacteria-vs-virus/.
● Assessing Your Kidney Transplant Health – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/assessing-your-kidney-transplant-health/.
● Innovations in Kidney Care – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/innovations-in-kidney-care/.
● A Double-Transplant Survivor’s Story – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/valen-keefer-a-double-transplant-survivors-story/.
● Understanding the Five Stages of Kidney Disease – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/understanding-the-five-stages-of-kidney-disease/.
● Covid-19 and Organ Donation – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/covid-19-and-organ-donation/.
● Tips to Help the Search for a Living Kidney Donor – https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/advocating-for-a-living-kidney-donor/.
Puget Sound Kidney Centers will present a series of six free online classes on Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 2-4, Wednesdays from September 9 to October 14, 2020, called Survive and Thrive 2020. Without treatment and/or a change in lifestyle, especially diet and exercise, CKD Stage 2 often progresses to Stages 3 and 4. These classes will teach how to manage CKD to hopefully slow or even reverse its progression. For details and registration, see below:
NKF and the California Pacific Medical Center Community Health Resource Center will present a series of three Tuesday Zoom classes on CKD and Nutrition, the first on August 18, 2020 re Kidney Health and CKD Overview, the second on August 25 re Nutrition Recommendations for CKD, and the third on September 1 re Meal Planning. For more information, see below:
UCLA CORE Kidney will present a free August 16, 2020 Kidney Disease: What You Should Know webinar for patients, families, and others, on how to manage kidney disease. RSVP to COREKidney@mednet.ucla.edu. For details see below:
AAKP will present a 10am PDT 14 August 2020 HealthLine webinar on Understanding Genetic Conditions: What You Need to Know. For individuals who may be faced with inheriting a genetic condition, it’s important to know your family history, the different ways a genetic condition can be inherited, what genetic testing entails, and how you can work with your healthcare team to help manage the condition. The audio will feature genetic counselors as well as kidney patients with genetic conditions. Find details and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/814066723276791822.
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