The District of Columbia has been called “ground zero” for kidney disease, with neighborhoods that have some of the highest rates of kidney failure—along with diabetes and high blood pressure, its leading causes—in the country. Through our new Know Your Kidneys DC™ program, we are aiming to change that.
Know Your Kidneys DC is a comprehensive outreach, education and screening program designed to reach deep into the community to residents at high risk for kidney disease. We have forged partnerships with the United Planning Organization (UPO) and Men’s Health Network to help plan and deliver our health screening and kidney health education programs. We plan to provide free health screenings to 2,000 at-risk D.C. residents this year.
We conduct screenings at a variety of venues, including churches, expositions and festivals, dialysis centers, community centers, colleges and corporate offices. We can work with you to organize a screening event for your organization.
A highlight of our Know Your Kidneys™ program is Kidney Action Day®, a free event for the community, offering kidney health screenings, education, entertainment, and cooking and fitness demonstrations. DC Kidney Action Day will be held September 9 at Yards Park.