Alex Azar II
The National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology, in a public-private partnership with HHS, have announced collaboration on the public awareness initiative put forth in Advancing American Kidney Health.
“This partnership is an early step in President Trump’s kidney initiative, the first major effort by a president to improve kidney health since Medicare began covering end-stage renal disease patients in 1972,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar II, said in a press release.
According the release, the aim of the partnership — which will include nephrologists, providers, patients and innovators — is to educate the public on the risks of kidney disease, as well as to improve early detection, treatment and management.
As part of these efforts, Kevin Longino, CEO of the NKF, said a nationwide “Kidney Risk Campaign” will be developed in the coming months.
“Aligning the reach and resources of ASN, NKF and HHS is a vital first step to realize the bold vision articulated in this initiative by addressing both awareness and action,” Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN, president of ASN, said. “I am confident that through our combined efforts, we will raise the profile of kidney disease as a public health crisis, while simultaneously mobilizing the global community of patients, nephrologists, professionals, innovators and investors to rapidly advance innovative new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat kidney disease.”