We are dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. We are meeting the enormous public health challenge that is kidney disease through a broad range of programs and services aimed at patients, caregivers, health care professionals, policy makers and the general public.
Patient financial assistance
One out of every 6 kidney failure patients cannot afford the cost of care, and AKF is there for them, providing lifesaving treatment-related financial assistance. We help low-income dialysis and transplant patients pay for health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket expenses such as transportation to and from treatment, medical supplies, prescription drugs, nutritional supplements and more. AKF patient grants are needs-based, helping the most financially vulnerable dialysis and transplant patients. Learn more.
Free kidney health screenings
With the nation’s largest free kidney health screening program, Know Your Kidneys™, AKF fosters kidney disease prevention and early detection in at-risk individuals and communities. We provide free community kidney health screenings in metropolitan Washington, D.C., and at large events—including our popular Kidney Action Days—in cities nationwide. Our screenings target communities at increased risk for kidney disease and check for indicators of kidney and heart disease, diabetes and other important health measures. Learn more.
AKF enables all people with kidney disease to live their healthiest lives through disease management education, award-winning public health education materials, courses and webinars. Through extensive online information, downloadable fact sheets and tools, our toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900), and our Kidney Health Coach program, we are helping people understand their risk for kidney disease and what they can do to help prevent it. Learn more.
Kidney Action Day®
The American Kidney Fund’s Kidney Action Day is held in communities where rates of kidney disease are higher than the national average. Kidney Action Day is a free, fun, family-friendly event that brings kidney patients together, and helps people at risk learn what they may to do prevent kidney disease. Learn more.
We advocate for policies to improve the health of millions of Americans and their families who are living with, or at risk of developing, kidney disease. Our 50-state Advocacy Network unites patients, loved ones, caregivers and renal professionals to create a powerful voice on Capitol Hill and in their communities, spreading awareness of kidney disease and empowering those at risk to live healthier lives. Learn more.
Our professional education program helps health professionals stay apprised of the best practices and the latest information about kidney disease and kidney disease prevention. Each year thousands of health professionals take advantage of our free online courses to meet their continuing education requirements.
Our Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) program funds research by nephrology’s brightest scholars who are seeking to improve care for kidney patients and improve patient outcomes. Our CSN fellows have gone on to become some of the nation’s leading nephrologists working at the top teaching hospitals in the country.