Host a Screening

How can I request a KidneyMobile® screening?

To request a screening, please click here to fill out our online request form. All requests should be submitted three to four months in advance.  Please allow up to two weeks for a response to your request.

How are requests reviewed?

The KidneyMobile Committee reviews all requests and provides thoughtful consideration to each one. However, because we only have one KidneyMobile and our services are in great need, we unfortunately cannot accommodate all requests. The committee prioritizes:

  • Screening locations in areas/neighborhoods in Illinois where there is a greater population at-risk for kidney disease
  • Host sites that can provide enough space for the screening
  • Host sites that can provide enough volunteers to support a successful program
  • Events where the KidneyMobile is the primary screening (health and/or community fairs are not ideal)

If we are unable to accommodate your request, we ask for your support by joining us at another screening in your area.

What is required to host a KidneyMobile screening?

The most successful screenings are those with strong promotion by the host site. Every screening should aim to attract between 75 and 125 participants by posting the screening in newsletters, bulletins, and on social media, and by calling partner organizations (religious institutions, community centers, senior centers, etc.) to invite their members and to ask for support in promoting the event. Posters, flyers, and a press release and media advisory (upon request), will be provided by the NKFI to host-sites for dissemination and advertising.

Other requirements include:
  • Space for the KidneyMobile to park: It is a Sprinter van, so we suggest leaving two parking spots open
  • Provide a large room indoors with access to electrical outlets and near a bathroom. Screenings do not take place on the KidneyMobile.
  • 10 large tables and 40-50 chairs
  • At least 1 large trash receptacle
  • Provide a small room for results consultations
  • 10-12 technical/medically trained volunteers
  • 5-6 non-medically trained volunteers
  • 1-2 translators (if necessary)

Please note that screenings are subject to cancellation should adequate numbers of volunteers not be available.

What are the volunteer responsibilities at a screening?

  • Volunteers should plan to arrive 30-45 minutes before the screening starts and stay throughout the duration of the screening (typically 4 hours)
  • Technical/medically trained volunteers (10-12 required) will be assigned to administer the blood pressure, blood sugar and blood draw
  • Non-medically trained volunteers (5-6 required) will be assigned to aid with registration and other non-technical duties, and may be trained to assist with the urinalysis and BMI/waist circumference stations
  • Volunteers should wear business casual clothing or medical scrubs (no blue jeans, please)
  • Volunteers will not be allowed to eat or drink while at their station

Please note that screenings are subject to cancellation should adequate numbers of volunteers not be available.

How many people are usually screened?

We aim to screen at least 75-125 people at each screening.  The most successful screenings are those with strong promotion by the host site in the local community.