National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to Host a Community Health Talk
on Kidney Disease at Saint Sabina Catholic Church on September 18th
Chicago – September 12, 2022 – The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host a Community Health Talk (CHT) on Sunday, September 18, 2022, on kidney disease at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, 1210 West 78th Place in Chicago.The Reverend Michael Pfleger is senior pastor. This event from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
This CHT is a key component of the NKFI’s Kidney Health For Life statewide campaign to enhance its presence in African American, Hispanic, and Asian populations that are adversely impacted by kidney disease. Participants will hear from a patient living with kidney disease and a nephrologist (a kidney doctor) who will give an enlightening presentation on what kidney disease is, preventive information such as scheduling regular doctor visits, requesting a screening, and embracing healthy nutrition and lifestyle practices. Future CHT events will be held in African American, Hispanic and Asian communities throughout Illinois.
Kidney disease often has no symptoms in its early stages and can go undetected until advanced stages; that is why it is often referred to as a silent disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Illinois, kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death and on a national basis, it is the 10th leading cause of death. Any condition that causes reduced kidney function over a period of time is classified as chronic kidney disease and can lead to end stage kidney or renal disease. Stage five kidney failure requires dialysis or transplant for survival. There are 4,000 people waiting for organ transplants in Illinois and 3,500 of them are waiting for kidneys. That is 86%!
“We are committed to changing the trajectory of kidney disease in negatively impacted populations across all of Illinois. We are excited to bring our message of kidney health to this faith community. Through prevention, education and empowerment, our goal is to inspire these targeted communities to understand the seriousness of kidney disease and the need for medical screenings for early detection and prevent the progression of this potentially deadly disease,” said Jacqueline Burges-Bishop, FACHE, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Chief Executive Officer.
Through Kidney Health For Life, NKFI will elevate its commitment to close the information gap on understanding this disease and its risks, serve as a relevant and accessible resource on what you need to know about kidney disease and start the conversation on kidney disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.
For more information on the CHT call 312-321-1500.