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Educational EventsWorld Kidney Day

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world kidney day

Tues. March 12, 2024

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago
at Medical District/UIC


navigating the roadmap

Update on CKDIntercept Ending Health Disparities

Join Illinois healthcare, community, and public health stakeholders as we build on our roadmap developed in June 2023 to end disparities in chronic kidney disease. The update focuses on moving kidney health up the continuum through leveraging community health workers, using data to fuel our strategies for earlier detection and treatment options, and addressing the opportunities to integrate behavioral health and social determinants of health to affect change. 

Agenda & Logistics

agenda & logistics

your course to support the mission



Thursday, March 12, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Courtyard by Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC 

625 S Ashland Ave Chicago IL, 60607


Participate in person or virtually. 

Lunch and parking will be provided for in-person attendees.



Registration is free for both in-person and virtual attendees. Please register in advance of the event.


Download the flyer and help us spread the word about the program. 



speakers and featured commenters


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Donald J Dew, MSW, ACSW
Habilitative Systems, Inc.

Donald J Dew, MSW, ACSW, has served as President/CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI) for thirty-four years. HSI is an essential Chicago-based behavioral health and human services organization providing programs and services for thousands of children and families with special needs.  Mr. Dew is currently Board Chair, International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Board of Trustees (CARF); Commissioner, Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission; Board member, Wellness West, and Collaborative Bridges Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives (HTC).  He received his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois and B.A in Social Work from Lewis University.  

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Phyllis P Hayes, EdD
University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Phyllis P. Hayes has been an educator in the Chicagoland area since the age of twenty-one where she began her teaching career as a special education teacher with Chicago Public Schools in 1978. She considers herself a dedicated educator and community leader who always strives to “improve the quality of life” for those in need. 

Dr. Hayes has a passion for improved educational systems which include; access, diversity & inclusion, human development, healthcare improvements for communities of color, economic empowerment, along with focusing on the rights of the working-class, underserved, and poor. She is the founder of the University of Illinois Chicago – CHANCE Program and co-founder of the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement. Her personal goal is to provide an avenue for communities of color to achieve their educational endeavors while preparing themselves for a “fruitful” life.

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Keith Hopkins, MD

Dr. Keith Hopkins is a published doctor from the University of Illinois system. He is an Internal Medicine graduate of Yale University with Fellowship training in Hypertension at the University of Chicago and Nephrology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He led large FQHCs (federally qualified health centers) in California as medical director during the Covid-19 pandemic, the emergence of Mpox and the health care influx from migrant immigration. He recently returned to Chicago to treat renal diseases through preventative care and focusing on the root causes of illness. Poor population health outcomes can be attributed to health literacy and other social drivers of health. He believes that the best tool for clinicians is to take these factors into account.  


James P Lash

UI Health

James Lash is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. His research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and interventional trials in the treatment of kidney disease, particularly in racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. He has particular expertise in evaluating the impact of patient-centered factors and lifestyle on the development and progression of kidney disease. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of kidney disease and hypertension. 

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Elizabeth Lively
Dialysis Patient Citizens

Elizabeth Lively is a senior health care executive offering 20+ years of nonprofit health care experience in the hospital provider, hospital association, organ procurement and kidney dialysis healthcare market segments. As Eastern Region Advocacy Director for Dialysis Patient Citizens, Elizabeth represents the over 200,000+ End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients east of the Mississippi. Based in Washington, DC, Dialysis Patient Citizens is the largest dialysis patient organization in America. This non-profit, patient-led organization works to improve the quality of life for all dialysis patients through advocacy and education. 


Tracey Smith, DNP, PHCNS-BC, MS
Illinois Public Health Association

Dr. Tracey Smith is the Director of Community Health and Programs at Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) since October 2021. Previously she was the Director Population Health Integration at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU SOM) and the first Executive Director of the Office of Community Initiatives and Complex Care. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on health literacy and public health management and a masters in community health nursing with a minor in multicultural nursing. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally over 32 times in the last 5 years on topics around changing the landscape of a community to improve health for all residents.

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. For more information on sponsoring this program, please contact Wesley Bauer at or 312-321-1500. 

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