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Minorities and Kidney Disease: Charting a Path Forward

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)

The American Kidney Fund

Cordially Invites You to a Congressional Breakfast Briefing
Topic: Minorities and Kidney Disease: Charting a Path Forward
 When: April 3, 2019 at 10:00 am
 Where: 1539 Longworth House Office Building

 April is National Minority Health Month, and as part of the American Kidney Fund's ongoing efforts to fight kidney disease in minority communities, We are hosting this briefing to educate Members of Congress and their staffs on the impact of kidney disease in communities of color.

Kidney disease has a disparate impact on minority communities. African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the American population but constitute over 35 percent of dialysis patients. Hispanics are 1.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney disease than non-Hispanics, and since 2000, the number of Hispanics with end stage renal disease (ESRD) has increased by 70 percent. Asian Americans are reported to have ESRD rates that are growing at a rate 50 percent higher than Caucasians.

Opening remarks will be provided by physician and former Member of Congress Donna M. Christensen, M.D. (D-VI); Dr. Christensen was also the chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust.

Our panel of speakers include:

  • Dr. Sandeep Patel, Director of KidneyX (Kidney Innovation Accelerator) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Patrick Gee (North Chesterfield, VA), a kidney transplant recipient and APOLLO 1 study participant

  • Frances Ashe-Goins, R.N., M.P.H., FAAN (Columbia, SC), a mother and caregiver of a kidney disease patient and former Deputy Director, Office of Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breakfast burritos will be served. 

Please RSVP to Kate Tremont at KTremont@kidneyfund.org