As kidney specialists, I'm sure we all know the statistic that chronic kidney disease is a worldwide epidemic, with 1 in 7 adults in the US affected by CKD and one third of the population at risk. However, Black and African Americans are disproportionally impacted by chronic kidney disease and have higher rates of kidney failure: though comprising 13% of the US population, Black and African Americans make up 35% of people with kidney failure.
The advances in research and diagnostic tools that our community has contributed to mean that we now have the ability to change this status quo – if we can reach those impacted by kidney disease in time.
Our partners at NephCure have organized an important and inspiring summit taking place in September in Washington, DC. Please join a select group of high-impact leaders in Black and African American communities for a timely opportunity to address the unequal burden of kidney disease on Black Americans, and create a new era of hope – beyond dialysis. All are welcome to attend.
NEPHCURE ALLIED LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON "ADDRESSING THE UNEQUAL BURDEN OF KIDNEY DISEASE ON BLACK AMERICANS"
September 19th, 2023
Park Hyatt Hotel
1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC
(preceded by an evening reception from 6–8 p.m., September 18, at the Park Hyatt Hotel)
CONFERENCE ATTENDEES INCLUDE:
- Leaders of houses of worship and other community leaders
- Heads of historically Black colleges and universities
- Members of Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus
- Representatives from the Food and Drug Administration
- Leading physicians and researchers
- Pharmaceutical industry representatives
- Patients and their loved ones who are affected by kidney disease
ALSO FEATURING APPEARANCES AND REMARKS FROM:
Alonzo Mourning, 2006 NBA Championship winner and Basketball Hall-of-Famer
Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, D-GA, senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the first African American to represent Georgia in the Senate, and leader on ensuring equitable health care opportunities
Brian Kennedy, 4-time Grammy-award winning artist and producer of Doechii’s hit single “What It Is”
Other influencers and those who are personally affected by kidney disease
Scholarships/travel grants are available for those who may need financial support to attend. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Lauren Eva at NephCure.
I will personally be attending the conference, along with many ISGD members. I hope to see you there!