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Educational EventsLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation Week, Virtual

living with kidney disease and transplantation:

May 7, 2022

Malcolm X College

learn from the experts

connecting you to physicians and resources

Each installment of Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation consists of one or two large presentations; a series of intimate, expert-led conversations rooted in kidney-health; and a moderated panel discussion. 


It is our goal to provide participants a unique forum that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment, and lets them access whatever information they might need about medications, insurance, diet, treatment options, and more. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:

  • Managing nutrition

  • Advances in medicine

  • How to arrange a kidney transplant

  • Benefits of receiving a transplant

  • Medicare, insurance, and paying for treatment​

  • Emotional support and wellness

  • Dialysis options

Presenters are happy to be resources, and are more than willing to discuss any questions that were not covered in the program.   


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ticket information

  • Pre-registration online: is requested for all attendees.

  • Donations: to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome and will help cover additional program expenses.

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Become a significant supporter of research and community health education. Click below to learn more about sponsoring this event.

Location & Details

location & details

updated agenda coming soon!



Saturday, May 7

8:30am Registration | Exhibitor Tables Open | Breakfast

9:00am Welcome Reception

Mateo Solis Rueda, MPH | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Rachel Depauw, MPH | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

9:10am Nutrition is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Nourish                Your Body Intuitively with Chronic Kidney Disease

                  Alyson Haebig, MS, RDN, LDN

10:00am Break | Exhibitor Tables Open

                Special Chair Yoga Demonstration by Sierra Buffum

10:15am Breakout Session 1 (Please choose one)

Muscle Therapy Program for Dialysis Patients

Ilaria Santi | UI Health

Healthy Eating: Snacks and Meals

Briana Reamer, MS, RD, LDN, CHES | DaVita Kidney Care



Saturday, May 7 

11:05am Break | Exhibitor Tables Open

                Special Cooking Demonstration by Vida Badu, RD

11:25am  Breakout Session 2 (Please choose one)

Myths and Facts about Kidney Transplant

Dr. Amishi Desai, DO | Loyola University

Heart Management with Kidney Disease

Dr.  Melissa Tracy, MD, FACC, FASE | Rush University Medical Center

Social Support for Caregivers and CKD Patients: Coping with Anxiety and Depression

Janet Aminoff, MSW, LCSW | Northwestern Medicine

12:15pm Patient Panel


1:00pm   Lunch & Networking

Speakers and topics are subject to change.


May 7, 2022

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM



Malcolm X College

1900 W Jackson Blvd 

Chicago, IL 60612

Videos & Presentations

kidney health resources

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Donating Blood

Find resources and information about dialysis - including toolkits, treatment options, and a clinic finder.

Nurse And Patient

Explore how kidney donations work, get details about becoming a donor, and learn about the process of receiving a kidney.

Nutritional Cooking

 Get the help you need to manage diet and nutrition, and empower yourself to eat and live well with kidney disease.


program sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to support patients and families, conduct free educational seminars, and offer community screening days through the generosity of our passionate supporters, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this program? Download the sponsorship packet here or contact Wesley Bauer at



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