AKF to hold April 3 Congressional briefing with KidneyX on kidney disease in minority communities

Thirty million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. CKD affects people from all walks of life and hits minority communities hardest. To kick off National Minority Health Month, join the American Kidney Fund (AKF) for a briefing on the disproportionate impact of kidney disease on people of color and new research initiatives addressing the epidemic. A panel of speakers, including Dr. Sandeep Patel, director of HHS’s KidneyX innovation project, will discuss research efforts, patient and caregiver perspectives, and community-level efforts to turn the tide of kidney disease.

Fueled by the growth of diabetes and high blood pressure, its leading risk factors, kidney disease is growing at a faster rate than any other noninfectious disease in the United States. It’s a silent killer that often goes undetected until it becomes life-threatening, and its impact on minority communities is clear: African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the American population, yet constitute over 35 percent of dialysis patients, and Hispanics are 1.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney failure than non-Hispanics. This briefing brings together experts, innovators, patients and caregivers to talk about what it will take to move the needle.

The briefing takes place Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 10 am to 11 am ET in 1539 Longworth House Office Building. Can’t attend in person? We will be streaming the briefing live on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanKidneyFund.


LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund

Donna M. Christensen, M.D., former Member of Congress (D-VI) and current national Board member of the American Kidney Fund

Dr. Sandeep Patel, Director of KidneyX (Kidney Innovation Accelerator) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Patrick Gee, a kidney transplant recipient and APOLLO study participant

Frances Ashe-Goins, R.N., M.P.H., FAAN, a mother and caregiver of a kidney patient, and former Deputy Director, Office of Women’s Health at HHS

Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston and Dr. Gayle Porter, authors of Prime Time: The African American Woman’s Complete Guide to Midlife Health and Wellness and founders of the Prime Time Sister Circle program

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