educational events

about the programs

our mission in action

In our effort to empower patients and families affected by kidney disease, throughout the year the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois organizes a calendar of free, educational seminars focused on connecting patients and caregivers with resources and information. Topics vary depending on the event, but typically, each installment consists of one or two large presentations; a series of intimate, expert-led conversations rooted in kidney-health; and a moderated panel discussion. 


Every NKFI educational event is developed in close collaboration with healthcare providers, researchers, and clinicians. Programs are designed with the utmost care, and are always constructed with the needs of patients and families in mind. It is our goal to make it as easy as possible for patients to find answers to their questions, connect directly with medical experts, and get the information they need when they need it.


the events

Living with Kidney Disease

Year Round | Locations Throughout Illinois

Throughout the year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois hosts a series of half-day educational seminars focused on connecting patients and families with resources and information. 

Two Living with Kidney Disease events are presented exclusively in Spanish.

Living with Kidney Disease & Transplantation

 Hybrid: Chicago and Virtual
Illinois Institute of Technology
October 30, 2021

Living with Kidney Disease & Transplantation
Location TBD
December 11, 2021

Viviendo con Enfermedad Renal y Trasplante
En tu casa
1 de mayo 2021

Viviendo con Enfermedad Renal y Trasplante
Híbrido: Chicago y Virtual 
Arturo Velasquez Institute Westside
23 de octubre 2021

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Take Charge

June 22 - August 17, 2021 | Virtual

Take Charge: Chronic Disease Self Management Program is a nine-week, 2-hour workshop to help participants better self-manage their chronic condition through a variety of skills and tools. Workshops are designed for patients to help better manage health condition(s) or caregivers of someone with chronic condition(s).

World Kidney Day

March 11, 2021 | Virtual

Every year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois supports World Kidney Day's global awareness efforts with a special, community-building event. Celebrations vary, but often include health screenings, advocacy activities, and interactive learning games for kids.

our sponsors

fueling the future of medicine

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to offer free patient screening programs and community health seminars through the support of passionate donors, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors.  Visit the Donor Wall.

For more information on sponsoring any of these programs, please contact Heidi Merritt at or review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet. 


become a supporter

you make the difference

Fuel the future of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and help support programming for patients, families, and communities by joining us in our fight. Click below to learn more about how you can play a major role in our work.

Ways to Give

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Sponsor an Event

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Get Involved

Join the NKFI in our work by volunteering, becoming an advocate, or hosting your own #TeamKidney event.

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improving lives, improving communities

signature events

Join the NKFI at a community-building event, and help us create resources for education, patients, and families.



Learn from leaders in the field and deepen your understanding of CKD at an NKFI professional development day.

events for children

Enjoy hands-on learning experiences, and connect with other young patients navigating kidney disease.