Jenny Kitsen Safety Award

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds an annual lecture or presentation that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management. The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen.

Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations , public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions.

AAKP is now accepting applications for the next grant cycle. The deadline for grant applications for the 2018 calendar year is July 31, 2017.

2017 Award Winners

A.T. Still University of Oral Health, Dr. Maureen Munnelly Perry – Oral Health Safety Protocols

Dr. Maureen Munnelly Perry, Associate Dean for Post-Doctoral Education Director at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health- A.T. Still University of Oral Health, found a lack of consistent, established protocols for patients with end stage renal and oral health care. “There is no consensus in the medical and dental community regarding what a protocol should contain, when it should be implemented and the type of antibiotic prophylaxis that should be prescribed for patients with renal disease,” said Dr. Perry. To help bridge this gap, Dr. Perry submitted her grant application to AAKP for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award to present her findings to the kidney community and bring awareness to the importance of oral healthcare to those with end stage renal disease.

The goal of this lecture will be to offer a strong voice for patients with kidney disease to advocate for better care coordination between dentists and other healthcare professionals,” said Perry. To hear more about this topic, read her article in this issue of aakpRenalife and be sure to attend the 2017 AAKP Annual Convention where Dr. Perry will be a featured speaker.

All Kidney Patients Support Group (AKPSG) – Patient Safety and Empowerment

The All Kidney Patients Support Group Corporation (AKPSG) is a non-profit organization, designed to support kidney patients in the Tampa Bay Area at various stages of dialysis and transplantation. Founded and managed by dialysis patient/transplant recipient, Janice Starling-Williams, the AKPSG is dedicated to educating kidney patients, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals about the importance of reducing infections in dialysis centers, fistula safety, infection/disease control and more. This small yet mighty non-profit uses online webinars, live meetings, seminars, banquets, and presentations to educate hundreds of people in the manner in which they are accustomed to learning.

“We are committed to enhancing the health of this community through education and shared experiences,” said Starling-Williams. “AKPSG strives to help patients develop their voice to better involve their doctors, dialysis centers, and caregivers with the information and education they need to improve personal coping skills and health outcomes.”

The 2017 Award recipients join an elite group who are dedicated to promoting safety throughout the kidney community:

2016 Award Winners

  • National Renal Administrators Association
  • Renal Physicians Association


2015 Award Winners

  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • Forum of ESRD Networks