11/10+ RNS Hope Week Online

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.

11/19+ DPC Caregiver Webinar

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.

9/24 DPC Webinar in Spanish on Blood Sugar

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a September 24, 2020 Spanish-language webinar on Manejando Mi Glucosa En Sangre Cuando Tengo Enfermedad Renal (Managing My Blood Glucose When I Have Kidney Disease), covering carbohydrates and their effect on blood glucose, how much carbs to eat, and how to avoid high and low blood glucose extremes.  Find more information below, and register for this and future DPC webinars at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/.

Upcoming DPC webinars include:

  • Things to Know About Medicare Advantage’s First Open Enrollment for Dialysis Patients – October 22, 2020,
  • Looking Out for the Caregiver: Understanding the People Who Care for Dialysis Patients – November 19, 2020,
  • Coping with the Holidays – December 17, 2020.

9/12 Lifestyle & Kidney Health Webinar

NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present a free two-hour September 12, 2020 webinar on Lifestyle and Kidney Health: A Patient and Community Symposium, with speakers on weight loss, nutrition, mental health, and fitness.  Details follow.  Registration is required, at https://kidney.secure.force.com/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7013a00000229opAAA&form=00P3a00001W3snHEAR& .

9/12 NKF Webinar on Lifestyle & Kidney Health

NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present a free two-hour September 12, 2020 webinar on Lifestyle and Kidney Health: A Patient and Community Symposium, with speakers on weight loss, nutrition, mental health, and fitness.  Details follow.  Registration is required, at https://kidney.secure.force.com/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7013a00000229opAAA&form=00P3a00001W3snHEAR& .

8/18+ NKF/CHRC CKD and Nutrition Webinars

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:

8/14 AAKP HealthLine on Kidney Genetics

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.

Find general information about HealthLine and recordings of earlier webinars, including their series of nine HealthLines on COVID-19 and…

  • Dialysis,
  • Transplant,
  • Vascular Access,
  • CKD,
  • Telemedicine,
  • Veterans,
  • Mental Health,
  • Nutrition, and
  • Clinical Trials,

…at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.

Update of Kidney School Nutrition/Fluids Module

MEI has updated the most popular module, Module 9: Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis, in it’s award-winning Kidney School.  The new Module 9 has been completely updated with new information about the value of eating real food, phosphorus absorption from food additives vs. meat and plants, graphics and photos, and brand-new meal plans and recipes, and was reviewed by expert renal dietitians.  A Spanish translation will be available soon.

Kidney School offers free, tailored education for people with stages 4-5 CKD.  Sixteen interactive modules at the 6th grade reading level help patients and family members learn about kidney disease, treatment options, coping skills, lab tests, diet and nutrition, and much more.  Each online module creates a Personal Action Plan.  Audio files and PDFs in English and Spanish are also available.  Continuing education credits are available for professionals.

Find Kidney School at https://www.kidneyschool.org/, and the new Module 9: Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis at https://www.kidneyschool.org/m09/.

6/25 DPC Webinar on Bone Minerals

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a June 25, 2020 webinar on Bone Mineral Disorder: Calcium, Vitamin D, and Phosphorus and its interactions with Kidney Disease and DIet.  Find more information at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/bone-mineral-disorder-calcium-vitamin-d-and-phosphorus/ and RSVP at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.

6/3 AAKP HealthLine on COVID-19, Kidneys, and Diet

AAKP wll present a June 3, 2020 HealthLine webinar on Nutrition and COVID-19: The Importance of Keeping It Kidney Friendly, an educational webinar featuring healthcare professionals and patient experts on how to select the proper kidney-friendly foods and stay your healthiest during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/770353437633100557.  Find more information about AAKP HealthLine, including recordings of previous webinars, at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.