The American Kidney Fund’s Ambassadors make up our Advocacy Network, and the team plays an important role in our efforts to raise awareness of kidney disease and ensure that every kidney patient has access to quality health care.
We advocate on behalf of more than 700,000 Americans living with kidney failure, 37 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the millions more who are at risk. Our Ambassadors perform a vital role by influencing legislators and thought leaders so that public policy aims to improve the lives of kidney patients. Our Ambassadors also educate communities about kidney disease, its causes, and how to prevent it. Your voice is powerful!
Congressional Briefing on Stark Health Disparities in COVID-19 PandemicThe American Kidney Fund held a Congressional briefing to focus on factors that have contributed to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The briefing—COVID-19, Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health—took place September 16 via Zoom. The briefing can be viewed below.
Become an AKF Ambassador
There is strength in numbers. More than 16,000 passionate patients, family members, friends and kidney care professionals serve as AKF Ambassadors. As an AKF Ambassador, you make an important difference on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and in your own community. Together, we fight for policies that improve kidney care, protect patients' access to care, and increase funding for kidney research. AKF Ambassadors play a key role in educating elected officials and the media about the impact of kidney disease. Become an AKF Ambassador and add your voice to the Advocacy Network by joining today.
Take action on current issues
We are working on legislation and regulations that affect people living with kidney disease and those who are at risk. Learn about current issues and how to contact your elected officials to make your voice heard—our website allows you to easily find your elected representatives and send them an email. Get involved today.
Find your legislators
Your legislators want to hear from you! Most elected officials send out eNewsletters, post on social media, and have forms on their websites to learn about what matters to you. Find your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and learn about their policy agendas and initiatives. This is the first step in adding the issue of kidney disease to their policy focus. Use this form to look up your elected representatives in Washington.
This Advocacy Toolkit will teach you how to be an effective advocate for yourself and others who have had their lives affected by kidney disease. This guide provides information on important advocacy techniques, including how to share your story, identifying elected officials and the best and most effective ways to communicate with them.