CCHD-CKD Community Research

CCHD-CKD Community Research

CCHD-CKD Community Research

World Kidney Day Conference

Holman United Methodist Church
Los Angeles, CA

March 13, 2008
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

2008 World Kidney Day Conference Summary Report

The Charles Drew University (CDU) Clinical Research Center, Healthy African American Families II, RAND Corporation, UCLA, and Harbor-UCLA and the National Kidney Foundation sponsored a community conference on March 13, 2008 at Holman United Methodist Church in South Central Los Angeles addressing the risk, barriers, care and prevention of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in communities in Los Angeles and nationwide.  The conference addressed the fact that kidney disease remains a chronic, preventable health concern that epidemically afflicts minority communities. A few of the goals and learning objectives were to recognize the high prevalence of CKD both locally and at a national/global level and then provide knowledge on the importance of taking prescribed medications and adhering to a healthy lifestyle.  In addition, a discussion was lead to facilitate mobilization of key community stakeholders, policymakers, academicians, and provider organizations to collaboratively develop strategies to reduce the burdens of kidney disease.

There were over 300 participants in the conference ranging from community members, dialysis/kidney transplant patients, nurses, doctors, social workers, pharmacy technicians, and others who have been affected by kidney disease.  The conference also included leaders in the field of Nephrology.  Presentation topics ranged from Why World Kidney Day to A Road Trip to Finding Healthcare Services for People with Kidney Disease in Los Angeles. The afternoon included a discussion panel of kidney transplant patients who shared their personal stories and experiences with CKD. California State Senator Mark Ridley Thomas made a special appearance to present certificates of recognition to the conference speakers and co-chairs for their contributions to the community. 

Spanish translators were on-hand during the entire conference to accommodate the Spanish-only speaking attendees.  All evaluation questionnaires were also provided in Spanish. CEU and CME continuing education credits were provided by Pac-Lac and Phillips Graduate Institute.  Pac-Lac provided attending five hours of credit nurses and four credits for physicians while Phillips provided 6 hours of credit for LCSW’s and MFT’s. Demographic and evaluation questionnaires were administered at the conclusion of the conference. An ARS (Audience Response System) was utilized to engage the audience. A series of questions entitled the Kidney Bowl were developed to assess knowledge levels. 

As the community conference convened in South Los Angeles, the National Kidney Foundation also organized a media event promoting the KEEP (Kidney Early Evaluation Program) across Los Angeles. The event featured Hollywood celebrities who support the importance of addressing kidney disease issues.

In 2007, the Mayor proclaimed the second Thursday of March as WORLD KIDNEY DAY in the City of Los Angeles and urged all citizens to have their kidney health evaluated and seek treatment if needed. Work groups developed from the 2007 WKD Conference have been meeting on a regular basis and assisted in the planning of the 2008 conference. The current working groups are co-chaired by community members, CDU, HAAF, UCLA, and RAND investigators.  During these meetings the participants discuss, plan and promote projects regarding CKD awareness, prevention, and treatment.

The community benefit perceived from this event is the exposure to current statistics, information on new advances in medicine regarding kidney disease, awareness on where to access and utilize resources in the community, and the ability to stay involved in the mobilization of communities for kidney disease issues.