Annual Kidney Education Symposium
The Alaska Kidney Patients Association facilitates an annual Kidney Education Symposium with speakers providing learning for individuals experiencing reduced kidney function, persons at risk for kidney disease, dialysis patients, transplant recipients, their families and caretakers. The one day symposium includes keynote speakers, topic specific breakout sessions, and the opportunity to ask questions of the expert speakers. Speakers are all professionals connected with kidney disease – Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Renal Dieticians, Kidney Transplant Coordinator (from major transplant center in Seattle) and Renal Social Workers. Some past topics and patient favorites are: Things Every Kidney Patient Should Know, Is Transplant for You?, Protecting Kidney Function, Foot Care for CKD and Diabetic Patients, Finding a Living Donor, ESRD/Transplant Medicare Coverage.
The 13th Annual Education Symposium will be April 21, 2018 at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center.
2018 Mark Brody Memorial Kidney Screening
Take a Lifesaving Step for Alaska's Kidneys at the Mark Brody Memorial Kidney Walk. The positive energy of people at the Kidney Walk is inspiring and amazing. That’s because the Kidney Walk isn’t just about kidney disease. We are walking for Alaska’s kidney patients, transplant recipients, transplant candidates, living kidney donors, families and people at risk.
Join other kidney donors, recipients, & their families at the Walk to celebrate the gift of life & each other.
FREE Kidney Health Screenings
According to the CDC, almost 30 million Americans – more than 1 in 7 adults - may have chronic kidney disease, and most don’t know it. They reported that approximately 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease. Early detection and treatment, including lifestyle changes, may SLOW or PREVENT the progression to kidney failure. People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may not feel ill or notice any symptoms. The only way to find out for sure if you have CKD is through specific blood and urine tests. These tests include measurement of both the creatinine level in the blood and protein in the urine.
If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, the Alaska Kidney Patients Association strongly encourages you to schedule an appointment for a free kidney health.
Early detection and treatment, including lifestyle changes, may SLOW or PREVENT the progression to kidney failure. Be good to your kidneys so they will last you the rest of your life.
We are planning two Free Kidney Health Screenings in the fall of 2018.
Living Kidney Donor Workshops
Alaska Kidney Patients Association has FREE interactive workshop where you can learn about living kidney donation, whats involved, how to find a living kidney donor. Meet with living kidney donors and living kidney donor transplant recipients and listen to their stories. This is where you will be able to have all your questions about living kidney donation answered along with learning about the transplant process.
The Living Kidney Donor Workshop that was scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 has been cancelled and will be reschedule in the fall.
Professional Renal Education Conference
The conference provides the only renal specific education in Alaska, addressing relevant issues suggested by staff at dialysis clinics and nephrologist offices, and offering renal specific continuing education for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and techs.