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Join a conversation that could change your life, or a loved ones. Black communities are disproportionately affected by kidney disease for a variety of reasons including the way in which disease is diagnosed, an example of structural racism. Join us on March 15 at 3:00pm for a conversation with Dr. Kirk Campbell, a leading kidney specialist and incoming Board Chair of the National Kidney Foundation, and real New Yorkers about kidney health.

The conversation What Black New Yorkers Need To Know About Kidney Health can be joined by video or phone to learn about:  
  • Why black communities are disproportionately and unfairly impacted by kidney disease.
  • How tests have changed in diagnosing kidney disease and how these changes have affected Black people specifically.
  • 3 things you can do to stop or delay kidney failure.
Dr. Campbell will also be joined by actual patients who will share what the wished they’d known earlier so that they could have slowed or stopped their chronic kidney disease.
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Dr. Kirk Campbell is Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is board certified in Nephrology. Dr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital followed by a clinical and research fellowship in Nephrology at Mount Sinai. In addition to treating patients with kidney disease, Dr. Campbell leads an NIH-funded research program focused on developing new therapeutic interventions for proteinuric diseases.

The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life

The push for health equity in the U.S. must encompass and confront the disparities within our system of organ transplantation.

While Black Americans comprise about 28% of candidates waiting for an organ transplant, just 13% of organ donors in 2020 were Black  read more.....
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There is a constant shortage of donor organs in metropolitan areas such as New York City. Give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.

In kidney transplants, the donors' remaining kidney strengthens to compensate for the kidney that he or she donated. Kidneys from a living donor have a better long-term survival than kidneys from a deceased donor.

Also, deceased kidney donation cannot meet the needs of all patients in this country who need a kidney transplant. The waiting time for a deceased kidney donation may be two to five years. Kidney donations from living donors have always been a better option. More recently, kidneys donated from unrelated living donors (such as a spouse or a friend) have been as successful as those from close relatives.


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The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in honor of Dennis Bligen, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2002.
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