Recognizing the disproportionate impact of kidney disease on African Americans, in 1996 we launched a health screening program, enlisting churches and other organizations in a broad education and early intervention effort.
Today, we hold free health screening events in cities around the country, with an emphasis on reaching populations most at risk for kidney disease: people with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease; those over age 60; and anyone who is African American, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American. We screen thousands of people each year. Over the past 10 years, we have provided free health screenings to well over 100,000 people. In recent years, more than half the people we screened were found to be at risk for high blood pressure, the second-leading cause of kidney disease. Nearly 1 in 5 people screened were at risk for diabetes, the leading cause of kidney disease.