Each year, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) brings Ambassadors to Washington, D.C. for advocacy training and meetings with their elected officials. They advocate on the most pressing issues for dialysis patients and transplant recipients. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our 2021 Kidney Action Summit will be virtual. We hope this will encourage more of you to apply since you will not have to travel.

Approximately a week before the event, Ambassadors will attend a training where they get practice telling their story and receive an update on the legislation we are supporting. On March 17, 2021, those Ambassadors will meet – over the phone -- with their elected officials to request they join us in ensuring people with and at-risk for kidney disease receive the health insurance coverage they need and that we begin to address the health disparities that have led to the disproportionate impact of kidney failure and COVID-19 on communities of color.

Please note that we will expect to receive a large number of applications for our 2021 Kidney Action Summit and we are limited in the number of folks we can accept. Even if you are not selected, we need passionate Ambassadors all year and will reach out with other opportunities to advocate on behalf of kidney patients, so please apply!

Applicants will be notified on their acceptance by mid-February.

If you have any questions, please email bshlesinger@kidneyfund.org.