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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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Dialysis Technicians – an important part of your health care team!

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AAKP is celebrating National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week October 14 – 19, 2019. Let’s learn more about the types of dialysis technicians, how they are educated to better help you throughout your care and how you can celebrate this week with YOUR special dialysis technician.
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AAKP PREVIEWS DECADE OF THE KIDNEY AT 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY MEETING; LEADERS IN KIDNEY MEDICINE AND ADVOCACY RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2019 AAKP PREVIEWS DECADE OF THE KIDNEY at 50 Year Anniversary Meeting; LEADERS IN KIDNEY MEDICINE AND ADVOCACY RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary as the oldest and largest fully independent kidney patient organization in the USA with their highest attended National Patient Meeting and awards program in over ten years. The meeting, entitled Driving Innovation & Changing the Status Quo, was held in Washington D.C., September 6-8, 2019.
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TOP USA KIDNEY PATIENT MEETING LANDS ON CAPITOL HILL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2019 TOP USA KIDNEY PATIENT MEETING LANDS ON CAPITOL HILL AAKP CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH CALL FOR KIDNEY CARE CHOICE Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) will hold its 50th Anniversary and National Patient Meeting next month, on September 6-8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1969 by kidney patients, AAKP is the largest fully independent kidney patient organization in America.
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AAKP LEADERSHIP STATEMENT: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND ADVANCING THE AMERICAN KIDNEY HEALTH INITIATIVE

David Scott
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2019 Washington, D.C. - “AAKP, America’s largest and oldest fully independent kidney patient advocacy organization, enthusiastically endorses President Donald Trump and his health policy team in their bold and bipartisan efforts to fully empower kidney patient consumers and save kidney patient lives through greater care choice and innovations aimed at preventing and better managing kidney diseases.
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KIDNEY PATIENTS AND THE GW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES HOST INAUGURAL GLOBAL SUMMIT FOCUSED ON INNOVATIONS IN KIDNEY CARE

David Scott
American Association of Kidney Patients and GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences Welcome Global Leaders to present on innovations in patient-centered kidney care FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 8, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) are pleased to announce a major kidnedisease education collaboration, the Global Summit on Innovations in Patient-Centered Kidney Care. The Global Summit takes place May 21-23, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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Statements From The American Association Of Kidney Patients – Response To HHS Secretary Alex Azar Remarks On Kidney Care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 5, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION:Deborah PelaezMarketing and Communications Manager(800) 749-AAKP; dpelaez@aakp.org STATEMENTS FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS RESPONSE TO HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR REMARKS ON KIDNEY CARE Washington, D.C. In response to March 4, 2019 remarks delivered by Secretary Alex Azar in Washington, D.C. at the Kidney Patient Summit, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) provides the following statements.
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AAKP 2019 National Patient Meeting – Meet The Planning Committee: Daronta Briggs

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By Melinda Starling, AAKP Communications Intern Daronta Briggs (Hampton, VA) was diagnosed with kidney disease in early 2008 and began hemodialysis that summer. He continued treatment until 2012, when he received a kidney transplant on October 24th. His journey didn’t end there. Being a veteran himself (Gulf War of 1990-91), Daronta finds it very important to spread awareness about kidney disease, especially to veterans.
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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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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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