In advance of National Kidney Month in March, Swope Health will participate in a free online program to raise awareness about the risks of chronic kidney disease.
The virtual meeting will be 6 pm Tuesday, Jan. 25 via Zoom. Register for this event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The event is a Black K.A.R.E. (Kidney Awareness Resources and Education) forum sponsored by the Jackson County (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with Swope Health.
The event will feature Dr. Naiomi Jamal, Chief Quality Officer at Swope Health, as well as a patient living with chronic kidney disease. Michael Williams will share information about his diagnosis and experience living with the disease, as well as offer guidance for others who’ve just learned of the disease.
“Take it seriously, from the start,” he said. “I’m just now getting a new lease on it because I’m trying to do things differently. Learning about it all – it woke me.”
This panel discussion is designed to raise awareness and provide education that will improve the health of those in our community diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. It will also provide useful information for family and friends who serve as caregivers for individuals with chronic kidney disease.
Additional participants in the panel:
- Moderator, Dr. Camille Honesty, hospitalist
- Christie Gooden-Magee, kidney transplant specialist
- Cheryl Kapalka, nutrition dietitian
Chronic kidney disease affects 37 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. African-Americans are three times more likely to experience kidney failure than white Americans. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease.