community awareness

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois fights kidney disease on many fronts.

In addition to our large-scale educational, fundraising, and community outreach efforts we seek to establish partnerships with local neighborhood leaders in order to engage with patients, families, and at-risk populations close to home.


Through our digital Team Kidney platform we've also made it as simple and easy for supporters like you to organize your own community-building efforts on behalf of people touched by kidney disease.


Please explore the information below to learn more about current community awareness programs. Have an idea for a partnership or program of your own? Please contact the NKFI's Volunteer Coordinator 

Anna Dudt to discuss how we may work with you.


email:  |  phone: (312) 321 - 1500  x 270

health is in style

trust your barber with your hair and your health

Health is in Style is a community education initiative focused on raising awareness of kidney disease within African American communities. This neighborhood oriented program trains local barbers and stylists to act as lay health educators; it gives them tools to talk to their clients about health, lifestyle, and risk factors for kidney disease.


The stylists and barbers who partner with the NKFI via Health is in Style recognize the importance of taking control of one's health, and of taking steps to improve lifestyle and wellness habits before medical issues arise.


Each Health is in Style partner is trained in risk assessment, health education, nutrition, and prevention steps. They are also offered information on the increased risk for chronic kidney disease among African American communities, and physician referrals.

Are you a stylist or barber who wants to help?


For more information about how to spread awareness and potentially save your clients' lives, contact the NKFI's Outreach Manager Monica Fox for materials and program requirements.



phone: (312) 321 - 1500  x 225



kidneys in the kitchen

shop healthy, eat healthy


Kidneys in the Kitchen is a monthly series broadcast on CAN TV and YouTube. Join us each month as the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and a renal dietitian introduce you to new, healthy recipes, and offer tips and tricks for making smarter purchasing decisions at the grocery store.


Each installment of Kidneys in the Kitchen focuses on a different aspect of meal-planning and nutrition. But whether we're talking about snacks, seasonal produce, or well-balanced holiday feasts, we'll always be focusing on helping you learn how to prepare healthy, delicious dishes.


Like us on facebook for updates on upcoming episodes, and tune in live to ask questions and participate.


For more information please contact Director of Programs Megan Craig at or (312) 321-1500.

Want to watch past episodes? Just click

below to visit our video playlist.

team kidney community events

it's time to take action

Put your own personal spin on your support for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois by taking part in a Team Kidney community event. Organize your own effort to showcase what inspired you to join our cause, or participate in an activity hosted by another passionate member of Team Kidney.

Attend a Team Kidney Event

Support your fellow NKFI community members by attending a volunteer organized, Team Kidney event.

Host Your Own Team Kidney Event

Take charge and show spirit like only you can by organizing your own, unique Team Kidney fundraising event.


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