THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS ANNOUNCES JENNY KITSEN PATIENT SAFETY AWARD RECIPIENT FOR GRANT CYCLE 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 19, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION:Deborah PelaezMarketing and Communications Manager(800) 749-AAKPdpealez@aakp.org THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS ANNOUNCES JENNY KITSEN PATIENT SAFETY AWARD RECIPIENT FOR GRANT CYCLE 2019 TAMPA, FLA – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is pleased to announce the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition as the recipient of its 2019 Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award.
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Kidney Professionals Named as 2019 Medal of Excellence Award Winners

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION:Deborah PelaezMarketing and Communications Manager(800) 749-AAKPdpealez@aakp.org KIDNEY PROFESSIONALS NAMED AS 2019 MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS America’s Largest Independent Kidney Patient Organization Recognizes Top Professionals January 17, 2019–Tampa, FL – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), America’s largest independent, patient-lead kidney advocacy organization, has announced recipients of its 2019 Medal of Excellence.
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Labor Secretary Acosta Earns Patient Praise For Organ Donor Job Protections

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For Immediate Release August 31, 2018–Washington, D.C.:  The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) today thanked U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta for his leadership and bold action to protect the job security of courageous Americans who wish to take time off from their jobs to donate their organs to patients in need of life-saving transplants.  The Department of Labor issued a formal opinion letter stating that Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
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Back To School: Problems Faced By Pediatric Kidney Patients and Their Caregivers

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By Jim Myers, AAKP BOD and Ambassador Introduction Have you seen children’s faces when they go back to school? They are all happy and smiling, with their new clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. It’s a chance to see all their friends again. But for some students, it may not be a joyous occasion. For some pediatric kidney patients, it may be an endless conflict between other students and the administrators/teachers of their school. Children with kidney disease frequently miss school, for dialysis, doctor appointments and illness.
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Is This Where I Leave You?

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By AAKP Ambassador, Kelly Cline Pediatric Kidney Pals E-Newsletter, Dec. 2018 As I walked down the stairs of my daughter’s new home, i.e. her residence hall at Virginia Commonwealth University, the reality that it was the end of what I had known for 18 years began to hit me. With each step I took down I walked further and further away from the daughter that I had devoted every worry, every sleepless night, every teardrop, and every heartache to. But was it really the end of one thing or just the beginning of something greater?
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Walking For Kidney Transplants

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By Jim Myers, AAKP Board Member, Ambassador Posted: February 5, 2019 I have often been asked why I take such long walks. I was in my transplant doctor’s office a few months back. He gave me that look. You know the look. Like that look your Dad used too give you before the stern lecture was coming. The serious discussion lecture. He told me I was not getting enough exercise, and I should try to get out more. He suggested walking. I’ve never been an athlete. I have avoided exercise in the past. I’ve always been an academic. I hated gym class. But I knew he was right.
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Message From AAKP President: Winter 2019

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Welcome to 2019! As we enter the new year, I want to thank AAKP’s professional staff as well as our loyal patients, caregivers, and professional members for all of their support during a very successful 2018. Also, I want to acknowledge the tremendous support received from our allies and industry partners who embraced the concept of patient engagement and have worked with us to infuse AAKP’s culture further into the renal community. Much of AAKP’s success is built upon the implementation of a National Strategy geared at leveraging our unique position within the renal community.
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