Chicago – January 20, 2022 – The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host its first Community Health Talk to start the conversation and build on its statewide efforts to heighten public awareness of what kidney disease is on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. This virtual health talk will engage faith leaders, organization leaders and the general public in a concerted effort to educate the public on the impact of kidney disease in African American, Hispanic, and Asian populations in our community.
The CHTs are 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. CHT participants will hear from patients dealing with kidney disease and in one case someone waiting for a kidney transplant. They will also hear from a nephrologist who will give an enlightening presentation on what kidney disease is, preventive information such as scheduling regular doctor visits and requesting a screening, and embracing healthy nutrition and lifestyle practices. Future CHT events will be held in key locations 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 2019 kidney disease ranked as the eighth leading cause of death in Illinois. 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.
“We are committed to changing the trajectory of kidney disease in negatively impacted populations across all of Illinois. 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 or to register for the CHT click the link below: