Seeking Patient Stories

As part of a project to create free patient support educational material for CKD and dialysis patients, the organization Muse Story Telling is seeking patient stories.  You can connect with them at the August 20, 2017 NKF/PKG Wellness Fair in Portland, you can email them anytime at research@musestorytelling.org , or you can start with their short get-to-know-you survey at https://musestorytelling.typeform.com/to/OgVaYu .

August Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.  Communities use August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.  For details see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html .

8/20 NW NKF Wellness Fair

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will present their Annual Community Picnic & Kidney Wellness Fair in Portland on August 20, 2017.  Bring your family, friends, and appetite, and don’t forget to RSVP.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG.Picnic.0817.pdf .

8/17 Communication Courses

  • Dialysis Patient Citizens’ free monthly educational webinar, to be held August 17, 2017, will be on Communicating Effectively with your Health Care Team.  The webinar will be presented by members of the Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patients Advisory Council.  Register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .
  • Kansas City’s Heartland Kidney Network has added another colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on “What Type of Coach Are You?”  It joins earlier pages on active listening, body language, emotional awareness, words matter, shared decision-making, retaliation, and teach-back.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .

8/31 Ticket to Work Webinar

Employment Options will present a free August 31, 2017 webinar on Myths and Facts about the Ticket to Work Program for patients on SSDI and SSI.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=346r6myw26vz&campaign=2ju8b1lssy7f .  The webinar is open to anyone, but capacity is limited, so even if you’re registered, you must still be among the first 250 people to join in on the event day.

8/16+ AAKP Hotel Deadline

The deadline to receive the group rate for your stay at the conference hotel for the 2017 AAKP Patient Meeting is August 16, 2017.  The Meeting will be held in St. Petersburg FL September 8-10, 2017.

Up to 10.5 continuing education credits are available to nurses, social workers, technicians and dietitians who attend.