Educational EventsLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation Week, Virtual

living with kidney disease and transplantation:


April 24, 2021

From the comfort of your own home

learn from the experts

connecting you to physicians and resources

Since the Coronavirus outbreak has made an in-person event impossible, we are moving to a virtual format! We'll be recording learning sessions with each of our scheduled speakers and hosting three live panel discussion where you can ask questions, get resources and find support.


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.   


get tickets

Reserve your spot now, and discover what's new in the field.


Learn more about using

the Zoom platform here. 

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.

  • Using Zoom: Learn more about using the platform beforehand here.

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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

updated agenda with virtual sessions coming soon!



Saturday, April 24  

9:00 AM    Welcome Message

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, FACHE | NKFI CEO

9:05 AM    Program Kick-Off

Monica Fox | NKFI Director of Outreach & Government Relations

9:10 AM    Making your Kidney Plate: How to Choose the

Right Foods for Your Kidney Diet

Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN | NKFI Dietitian

Megan Gutierrez, RD | Northwestern Medicine

9:40 AM    Social and Emotional Support when Coping with

Kidney Disease

Lara Tushla, MSW | Rush University Medical Center

10:00 AM  Break & Networking with Exhibitors

10:30 AM  Post-Transplant

Samantha Mok, MSW, LSW | UIC Transplant Outreach Coordinator

10:50 AM  Arthritis and Kidney Health as Comorbidities

 | Arthritis Foundation

Speakers and topics are subject to change.



Saturday, April 24  

11:10 AM   Advocacy in Action: Why Your Voice Matters

Monica Fox | NKFI Director of Outreach & Government Relations

11:30 AM  Break & Networking with Exhibitors

12:00 PM   Potential Side-Effects of Transplant Medication

and How to Reduce Them 

Sabrina Sanchez, PharmD | Loyola Medicine

12:20 PM   Life Plan & Goal Setting

Sujata Ghate, MSW, LCSW | QSource ESRD Network

12:40 PM   COVID-19

Northwestern Medicine

1:00 PM    A Conversation with Kidney Patients

Patricia Mobley-Dixon, Vanessa McNorton, Kimberly Gosell, Julian Andrades, Maranda Proce

1:30 PM   Re-Brand Unveiling, Live Raffle & Closing


Monica Fox | NKFI Director of Outreach & Government Relations

Speakers and topics are subject to change.


April 24, 2021

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM



The comfort of your own home!

Recorded sessions and live panel discussions

will be broadcast via Zoom.


Revisit the day's seminars and lectures by exploring the presentation materials below. All videos are free to access.



kidney health resources

empowering through education

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 Heidi Merritt at

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