No one should wait longer to receive a lifesaving organ because of their income, where they live, or their ancestry. On this 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, we are committed to fighting for affordable and accessible healthcare for every patient we serve and the communities in which they live.
This past year, we have taken major steps to ensure all kidney patients are treated equitably. Our National office created a task force to examine the inclusion of race in calculations that estimate adult kidney function, diagnosis and treatment. The task force's final report will be released this summer. We launched our first-ever Health Equity Advisory Committee responsible for directing and championing NKF’s health equity, community health, and social justice efforts through research, education and key partnerships. We addressed diversity and inclusion from within by conducting listening sessions and trainings to help our staff embrace diversity and remove racial bias in our workplace.
But our work is only beginning.
We pledge to do even more.