A “Great Shakeout” will be held October 20, 2016 to further earthquake disaster preparedness. The websites below offer links to many different types of resources, and regional summaries of who’s already signed up, for each state and in Spanish:
Also in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Kidney Fund will present Enfermedad de los riñones crónica: prevención y tratamiento (Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevention and Treatment), a webinar entirely and only in Spanish, on October 4, 2016. For details see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .
AKF also offers free recorded CE courses in their Cornerstones of Care series, on:
The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has prepared a web page for week 4 of National Preparedness Month covering special considerations for taking care of children during disasters, including some resources in Spanish. Find the page at http://www.kcercoalition.com/Kids .
The NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by offering its publications, including Sus Riñones son Tesoros (Your Kidneys are Treasures), a bilingual toolkit to help health works educate Hispanic people with diabetes on how to protect their kidneys, Ten Ways Hispanics and Latinos Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and others. Find links at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNIDDK/bulletins/1608dac .
MEI has added a Spanish version and a mobile version of their excellent dialysis modality selection aid, My Life, My Dialysis Choice. The software helps people with CKD learn how each type of dialysis may affect their lifestyle and health values. Hispanic people have a 50% higher incidence rate of kidney failure than non-Hispanic Whites. A yellow button on the top left corner of each page lets users toggle between English and Spanish. The mobile version, if the online version is used first, will save its place so you can go back and forth from online to mobile. Find My Life, My Dialysis Choice at https://mydialysischoice.org/ .
September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Communicate.” The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition and the US Homeland Security Department recommend https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan as a good English-language place to start organizing your family’s preparedness, and https://www.ready.gov/languages for the same in twelve other languages.
We’re borrowing the following, with permission, from the Kansas City Network:
Communicate with your staff
Review your emergency plan and procedures
Update all staff emergency contacts and encourage them to have a personal Emergency Plan
Conduct your annual drill
Communicate with your patients
(1) Update all patient and staff Emergency Contact information
(2) Review one or more of the “My Plan” pages in your clinic’s MY KIDNEY KIT with your patients ( http://www.mykidneykit.org ). They include: