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National Kidney Foundation
updated: Mar 19, 2011, 8:45 AM
The NKF Serving S. California & S. Nevada, a major voluntary health
organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the
health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases,
and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. One in nine
persons has chronic kidney disease, with most unaware. That means over 2.4
million people just in Southern California and Souther Nevada.
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading voluntary health agency dedicated
to the detection, prevention and treatment of diseases of the kidney and urinary
tract. The NKF Serving S. California & S. Nevada is proud to bring help and hope
to Southern Californians who suffer from kidney and urologic diseases, and does
so through patient and community services and advocacy, public and professional
education, and research and organ donation programs.
The NKFSCSN is governed by an unpaid Board of Directors which oversees all
business of the Foundation and which receives regular reports from volunteer
committees responsible for the planning and implementation of program services
and fund raising projects. The work of the volunteer leadership is augmented by
the support of a small number of professional staff. The Board adheres to the
standards of the not-for-profit version of the Better Business Bureau - the
National Charities Information Bureau, and submits its books to an independent
auditor for review and report each year.
Among voluntary health agencies, the NKF Serving S. California & S. Nevada is
second to none in fiscal responsibility. NKF Serving S. California & S. Nevada's
expenditures reflect its balanced approach to serving those who suffer from
kidney disease while working toward the eradication of these diseases.
113 individuals attended the first Santa Barbara Free health screening for people at risk for kidney disease - area residents with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. KEEP (Kidney Early Evaluation Program) Includes a health risk appraisal, blood pressure measurement, blood and urine tests. Each individual was guided through the process and assisted by volunteer nurses. After the screening, each individual received a one-on-one consultation by volunteer nephrologists from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Only 55 had pre-registered and were expected, so the event was quite an overwhelming success.
On Sunday, April 3 the local chapter of the NKF will host the Inaugural Tri-Counties Kidney Walk from Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort on the Santa Barbara waterfront. Get details and sign up to walk or support the walk at this link
Expanding Patient Services and Community Resources
Educating the Public
Supporting Research and Research Training
Continuing Education of Health Care Professionals
Shaping Health Policy
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