Katy Wilkens, MS, RD, will be presented with the Joel D. Kopple Award, which honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the area of renal nutrition, at this year’s National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston.
“Katy’s work in connecting the dots between nutrition and kidney health is helping blaze the trail for kidney care and improving patient outcomes,” Holly Kramer, MD, NKF president, said in a press release. “It is an honor to recognize her by presenting her the Kopple Award.”
Wilkens founded the Washington State Council on Renal Nutrition and the Northwest Renal Dietitians Conference to help connect renal dietitians across the five-state Northwest region, according to the release. Wilkens is also involved in community outreach that includes helping plan Northwest Kidney Centers’ Kidney Health Fest for African American Families, as well as speaking at community health events, nutrition and kidney conferences and on radio and TV.
“I am honored to receive this award in the name of Joel Kopple,” Wilkens said in the release. “His work has been an inspiration for me. I love being a lifelong member of NKF because it is multidisciplinary and patient inclusive. I am humbled to receive this award because I recognize the immense amount of passion and work that other recipients have made toward advancing the science and art of renal nutrition. I hope that my contributions help move toward a more practical approach to educating both practitioners and patients.”