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Meet Our Partners 

Thanks to the support of our partners, the American Kidney Fund's Pair Up campaign is able to empower women to protect themselves, and the people they love, from kidney disease.

If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor of the Pair Up campaign, please email Fiona Lawless, American Kidney Fund's Director of Strategic Operations, to learn more.

Supporting Sponsors

American Renal Associates

American Renal Associates is one of the largest dialysis providers in the United States, having grown rapidly in the past few years and by offering an alternative to traditional large dialysis chain ownership. In the ARA model, nephrologists have greater clinical control and operational “say” in each facility. ARA works in partnership with nephrologists to develop and manage the facility. For more information, see


Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit Follow Amgen on



Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, rare diseases, consumer healthcare, emerging markets and animal health.

US Renal Care

Founded in 2000, US Renal Care has grown to include a network of 127 dialysis centers, home and specialty hospital dialysis programs and facilities caring for approximately 6,000 dialysis patients in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Organizational Partners

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is the leading association for diabetes educators.  With more than 13,000 members, AADE advocates on behalf of diabetes educators and the patients they serve. AADE works to ensure the professional growth of its members and promotes widespread recognition of the benefits of diabetes education. The mission of AADE is to drive practice to promote healthy living through self-management of diabetes and related chronic conditions.

American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing 105,900 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide. Founded in 1947, its mission has been to preserve and promote the science and art of family medicine and to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.

Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.

Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC's public and private partnerships continue to increase their impact in communities across the nation.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The American Kidney Fund is proud to be a health charity organization of choice in a four-year partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. In this dynamic partnership, the American Kidney Fund joins more than 250,000 women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to raise awareness of kidney disease and its risk factors through health and education-focused activities.

American Medical Group Foundation

The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) is the nonprofit education and research arm of the American Medical Group Association, which represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices and integrated healthcare delivery systems. More than 130,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). AMGF supports and disseminates research on better ways to deliver health care that is scientifically sound and value-based. AMGF also develops and supports educational programs to enable all stakeholders-providers, payers, policymakers and patients to translate the evidence of what works best into everyday practice.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses who specialize in the care of patients experiencing the real or threatened impact of renal dysfunction. ANNA sets forth and updates standards of patient care, educates its practitioners, stimulates and supports research, disseminates new ideas throughout the field, promotes interdisciplinary communication and cooperation, and monitors and addresses issues encompassing the practice of nephrology nursing. The mission of the American Nephrology Nurses Association is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.

American Society of Hypertension, Inc.

The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) is the largest U.S. professional organization of scientific investigators and healthcare professionals committed to eliminating hypertension and its consequences. ASH is dedicated to promoting strategies to prevent hypertension and to improving the care of patients with hypertension and associated disorders. The specific focus of the Society is to translate current research findings on hypertension into effective treatment strategies, in order to better address the needs of hypertensive patients.

American Society of Nephrology

Founded in 1966, and with more than 14,000 members, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people's health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people's daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.

Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi

The Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi (EPRNM) is a nursing organization that provides resources and support for African American nursing professionals in Mississippi. The association is divided into seven statewide districts that serve the community.

End-Stage Renal Disease Networks

Under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Program consists of a national network of 18 ESRD Networks, responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.  ESRD Networks service geographic areas based on the number and concentration of ESRD beneficiaries.

ESRD Networks work with consumers and ESRD facilities and other providers of ESRD services to refine care delivery systems to make sure ESRD patients get the right care at the right time. The Program's responsibilities include:

  • Assuring the effective and efficient administration of benefits
  • Improving quality of care for ESRD patients
  • Collecting data to measure quality of care
  • Providing assistance to ESRD patients and providers
  • Evaluating and resolving patient grievances

International Council on Active Aging

The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) was founded in the belief that unifying the efforts of the organizations focused on older adults benefits both the people they reach and the organizations themselves. Today, the vision is shared by over 9,000 organizations connected to the ICAA network.

ICAA connects a community of like-minded professionals who share the goals of changing society's perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for aging Baby Boomers and older adults within the seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental). The council supports these professionals with education, information, resources and tools so they can achieve optimal success.

Million Hearts™

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.

Million Hearts™ brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration on Aging, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the Veterans Administration.

National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Founded in 1886, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest African American religious convention with an estimated membership of 7.5 million. The Health Outreach and Prevention Education Initiative (H.O.P.E.) aims to bring HOPE to our communities, which are disproportionately affected by many preventable disease processes, by taking actions that will dramatically improve our health and positively impact our total well-being.

National Episcopal Health Ministry

The vision of the National Episcopal Health Ministries (NEHM) is that every Episcopal congregation becomes a vibrant, caring place of health and wholeness. NEHM serves by educating leaders for Episcopal health ministry and parish nursing; supporting those engaged in health ministry in Episcopal congregations through membership opportunities; providing resources to local congregations, diocese and provinces; and collaborating with other faith communities, institutions and health organizations.

National Kidney Disease Education Program

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health. NKDEP aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at high risk, and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow kidney failure.

Office on Women’s Health

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. OWH achieves its mission and vision by developing innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

Renal Physicians Association

Since 1973, the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) has been dedicated to representing and serving nephrology practitioners in their pursuit and delivery of quality renal health care. RPA is a non-profit 501c6 national nephrology specialty medical association with over 4,000 members serving kidney patients. RPA’s programs focus in the areas of practice management, public policy and quality patient care.