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patient programs

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

Take Charge

Thursdays, August 29 - October 27 | 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).

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Viviendo con Enfermedad Renal
y Trasplante

2x per Year | Chicago and Rockford, IL

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. 

These events are presented exclusively in Spanish.

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Malcolm X Colle
11 de mayo 2024

BHM Panel

Black History Month
APOL1 Discussion Panel

February 15, 2024 | Virtual

Join us for a virtual discussion with experts on APOL1 gene research in honor of Black History Month.

Navigating the Roadmap

March 12, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Join Illinois healthcare, community, and public health stakeholders as we build on our roadmap developed in June 2023 to end disparities in chronic kidney disease. The update focuses on moving kidney health up the continuum through leveraging community health workers, using data to fuel our strategies for earlier detection and treatment options, and addressing the opportunities to integrate behavioral health and social determinants of health to affect change. 

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World Kidney Day

March 14, 2024 | East St. Louis, IL

We'll kick of our 2024 KidneyMobile® season with a large-scale health fair and screening for kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes

Kidney Connections

August 8  | Virtual

Kidney Connections provides an opportunity to make connections with the kidney community, including patients, and experts, so we can have a conversation and learn from each other.

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The Big Ask, The Big Give

Date TBD | Location TBD

This 4-hour training program is designed to help kidney patients find a living donor. Created for kidney patients on the waitlist, family members, friends, and potential living donors, this workshop provides education about living donation and transplant and teaches 7 Key Strategies for finding a living donor, taught in a highly interactive and engaging format.

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Living with Kidney Disease

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.  

For more information on sponsoring any of these programs, please contact Wesley Bauer at 

Support Us

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

Whether you give monthly, gift stocks, or donate through work: your generosity is at the core of all our work.

Sponsor an Event

Demonstrate your support of the NKFI, and make a major impact in the fight against kidney disease.

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

fundraising 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.

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