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American Kidney Fund Announces 3 Poster Presentations at NKF 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings


Nonprofit to present data gathered from AKF's national kidney health screening program, Know Your Kidneys™

BOSTON (May 9, 2019)  — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced it will present three posters at the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings this week. The three posters are based on data and insights gleaned from AKF's Know Your Kidneys™ national kidney health screening program, which in 2018 provided free prevention services to more than 11,000 people at high risk for kidney disease.

The three AKF posters include:

  • Trends of hypertension and hyperglycemia among younger and older participants at screening events in different regions of the U.S., Poster #229 — highlighting the need for earlier education and intervention for diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease.
  • Focused educational screening improves knowledge of chronic kidney disease, Poster #262 — highlighting the lack of broad knowledge of kidney disease and its risk factors among high-risk populations, and the effectiveness of AKF's standardized educational sessions in changing knowledge outcomes.
  • Differences in pre-existing knowledge of kidney disease amongst older and younger populations, Poster #228 — highlighting the need for more robust education about kidney disease for younger populations, especially as its prevalence in younger Americans continues to grow.

"Conducting free kidney disease screenings in more than 20 cities nationwide each year gives AKF important insights into how best to educate those at risk for the disease, along with current data about diabetes and high blood pressure in the communities where we conduct these interventions," said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of AKF. "We look forward to sharing the knowledge gained through our Know Your Kidneys™ screening program with the broader kidney community as we lead the effort to change the trajectory of kidney disease in this country."

AKF will present its posters on Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will be available to answer questions about them during this time. The posters will be accessible for viewing during breakfast (7 to 8:30 a.m.), lunch (noon to 2 p.m.) and the networking reception (5:30 to 7 p.m.) on May 10, as well as during breakfast (7 to 10 a.m.) on May 11. AKF will be on site throughout the conference to discuss the findings at booth #1124.

About the American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nonprofit with the greatest direct impact on people with kidney disease. AKF works on behalf of 1 in 7 Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions more at risk, with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through transplant. AKF fights for kidney health for all through programs that address early detection, disease management, financial assistance, clinical research, innovation and advocacy. AKF is one of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits, investing 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, and holds the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 21 consecutive years and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, formerly known as GuideStar. 

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