TOP USA KIDNEY PATIENT MEETING LANDS ON CAPITOL HILL

Richard Knight, AAKP President and a kidney transplant recipient, stated “If you are a kidney patient or the loved one of a kidney patient anywhere; this event is a unique opportunity to listen, meet and talk to some of the top experts in America about kidney disease prevention, transplantation, and dialysis care. It’s also an opportunity to be part of history as AAKP will highlight the goals of the recently announced Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health and share how patients can and should play a role in the long-term success of this milestone initiative.”

Admin
Richard Knight, AAKP President and a kidney transplant recipient, stated “If you are a kidney patient or the loved one of a kidney patient anywhere; this event is a unique opportunity to listen, meet and talk to some of the top experts in America about kidney disease prevention, transplantation, and dialysis care. It’s also an opportunity to be part of history as AAKP will highlight the goals of the recently announced Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health and share how patients...
Read More

AAKP LEADERSHIP STATEMENT: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND ADVANCING THE AMERICAN KIDNEY HEALTH INITIATIVE

Today’s announcement on Advancing the American Kidney Health Initiative is smart policy that benefits patients and taxpayers alike and marks the start of what AAKP has termed The Decade of the Kidney – an era that will be remembered for kidney precision medicine, greater access to kidney transplantation and less organ discards, the first artificial implantable kidneys and a departure from the default reliance on burdensome and highly antiquated in-center kidney dialysis care

David Scott
Today’s announcement on Advancing the American Kidney Health Initiative is smart policy that benefits patients and taxpayers alike and marks the start of what AAKP has termed The Decade of the Kidney - an era that will be
Read More

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 Ca...
Read More

Statements From The American Association Of Kidney Patients – Response To HHS Secretary Alex Azar Remarks On Kidney Care

Admin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 5, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Deborah Pelaez
Marketing 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.

“Secretary Alex Azar’s speech was a clear signal to kidney patients that he listened to our shared concerns as consumers and taxpayers and is prepared to take bold action. He is keenly aware that the status quo of prevention, transplantation and bricks and mortar dialysis center care needs to evolve and that barriers to better outcomes must be eliminated. AAKP strongly supports Secretary Azar and the entire HHS leadership team in their efforts to realign incentives, push for more innovation including KidneyX and, most importantly, improve patient outcomes while decreasing unacceptably high disparity and mortality rates.”

Richard Knight, President of AAKP, is a former hemodialysis patient and has had a kidney transplant for over twelve years. He is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University, a business strategy and development consultant and a former Legislative Director on Capitol Hill. Mr. Knight serves on multiple Federal agency kidney research initiatives.

“Secretary Azar made a clarion call for kidney care reform before an audience of patient consumers, in his capacity as both the chief Federal health policy architect and as a caregiver to his father who experienced dialysis and the miracle of a kidney transplant. Secretary Azar has heard the frustrations and burdens of kidney patients, he understands kidney disease is both a healthcare and workforce issue and he knows that informed patient choice, coupled with policy reform and better care options, will allow patients to gain greater control over their lives. AAKP is honored to work with Secretary Azar and HHS civil servants to transform status quo kidney care into a value-based system defined by informed patient choice and treatments that empower, not impede, the inherent human aspirations to live, work and remain fully engaged in society.”

Paul T. Conway, AAKP Chair of Policy and Global Affairs and immediate past president, has managed kidney disease for thirty-eight years, including three years on dialysis and, for the past two decades, as a transplant recipient. He has served as a Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as an agency Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a recipient of the DHS Secretary’s Meritorious Service Silver Medal.

###

 Founded in 1969, AAKP is the largest and oldest independent kidney patient organization in America. Governed by a patient-majority Board of Directors, AAKP conducts national education programs designed to better inform kidney patients and policy-makers about the true impacts of kidney disease. AAKP executes a national advocacy strategy to raise the patient voice before the Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through AAKP’s website, www.aakp.orgFollow AAKP on social media at: Facebook: @kidneypatient; Twitter & Instagram: @kidneypatients

View Article

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

Admin
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.
Read More

Kidney Professionals Named as 2019 Medal of Excellence Award Winners

Admin
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)
Read More

Labor Secretary Acosta Earns Patient Praise For Organ Donor Job Protections

Admin
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.
Read More

LARGEST KIDNEY PATIENT GROUP BACKS ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY DEVELOPMENT

Admin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT:Deborah Pelaez, Marketing and Communications ManagerDirect: (813) 400-2394 Email: dpelaez@aakp.org LARGEST KIDNEY PATIENT GROUP BACKS ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY DEVELOPMENT Tampa, FL – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the nation’s oldest and largest, fully independent kidney patient organization announced plans to join patient research efforts for The Kidney Project.
Read More