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Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education (KDAE) Week is a week dedicated to educating policymakers and their staff members about the needs of patients suffering from or at risk for end stage renal disease (ESRD).

ANNA members are encouraged to invite Congressional delegations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) staff, ESRD regional office staff, and local and regulatory agency staff to visit a local dialysis facility, transplant center, or KEEP program during Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week. The objective of these visits is to educate policymakers about kidney disease, treatment options, and the legislative issues facing the renal community.

To supplement the tours, legislators will receive ANNA's End-Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers: A Guide to Kidney Disease Awareness and Education. The booklet presents in lay terms the basics of ESRD and includes information on underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, incidence, and treatment costs.

Documents to Print for KDAE Week Visits


ANNA hosted a Webinar on June 4, 2013 featuring information and tips for preparing for KDAE activities. If you missed the webinar or would like to listen to the recorded program, click here to access the recorded webinar.

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If you have any questions or comments regarding Kidney Disease Awareness and Education (KDAE) Week, contact KDAE@annanurse.org.