New Monthly Webinars for Patients and Caregivers from American Kidney Fund Spotlight Living Well With Kidney Disease

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March 29 free webinar series opener provides overview of chronic kidney disease and keys for successful disease management

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is launching a monthly series of free, live, one-hour webinars for kidney patients and caregivers. Each month, leading subject-matter experts will share practical knowledge and advice on a wide range of topics.

Made possible by an educational grant from Amgen, AKF’s webinar series will kick off on Tuesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET with “Chronic kidney disease: a general overview and keys for successful management.” Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez, a nephrologist and AKF’s Chair of Medical Affairs, will cover the stages of kidney chronic kidney disease, dialysis treatment options and how to get a kidney transplant. The webinar includes a 15-minute question and answer session.

The next two webinars in the series will take place in April and May, with additional webinars coming each month:

  • Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET: “I need a kidney transplant. Am I covered now? What about in the future?” Led by kidney transplant experts from the University of Michigan Transplant Center, this webinar will explain what transplant costs are covered by private insurance and Medicare, health insurance considerations for post-transplant, how to qualify for the transplant list and how to keep a transplanted kidney healthy.
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET: “Living with chronic kidney disease: The ups, downs and all arounds.” Led by Dr. Tiffany Washington from the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work, this webinar will help patients manage the emotional and social aspects of living with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Washington will discuss resources to help patients stay healthy psychologically.

Advance registration is required to participate in one of AKF’s live webinars. Learn more and register at http://www.KidneyFund.org/training/webinars. Additionally, all webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing on AKF’s website.
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About the American Kidney Fund
As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF fulfills its mission by providing a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling kidney patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

AKF helps 1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients with treatment-related expenses. More than 93,000 patients in all 50 states received AKF grants last year. AKF invests in clinical research to improve outcomes for kidney patients, and fights tirelessly on Capitol Hill for legislation and policies supporting the issues that are important to kidney patients. To address the enormous public health threat of kidney disease, AKF provides public and professional health education materials and courses, the Kidney Action Day® community outreach program, a Kidney Health Educator program, and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900). AKF’s grassroots fundraising platform, KIDNEYNATION, unites Americans who are raising funds to support the organization’s mission.

AKF spends 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs and services. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar.

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