Support Groups

American Association of Kidney Patients Support Groups

Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. 

Kidney patients and caregivers support groups are a growing need in many communities. The exchange of information and important patient-to-patient collaboration that occurs within a support group is one of the most valuable elements of patient participation.

 See the list of Renal Support Groups below listed by state.  When you click on the state of interest, you can view a printable PDF of support groups by city.

 If your state is not listed, we do not yet have information about a support group in that state.  Please contact us about Support Groups at

*Support groups listed are independently run and are not directly affiliated with AAKP. The views and/or opinions represented are not those of AAKP. AAKP shares support group information as an additional resource. AAKP strongly recommends individuals interested in attending a support group meeting or becoming involved in a support group contact the support group directly to ensure they are still active. AAKP works hard to keep the lists below as current as possible, but does acknowledge changes to support group activity/status can change frequently.

CaliforniaFlorida -  Kentucky - Louisiana - Maryland - Massachusetts - NevadaNew Mexico - Ohio - Pennsylvania - South Carolina TexasWashington

Click here for virtual support groups.

starting a support group

Interested in starting a support group?  AAKP has developed at Community Patient Support Group Guidebook to support your efforts!  This resource book was designed to help you form an independent patient support group in your local community.  Click here to read.

Related Resources:

  • Article from aakpRENALIFE magazine (pg. 19), Nov. 2019, Support Group Benefits by Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW, University of Washington Medical Center
  • AAKP Blog Article, Feb. 2019, Online Support Groups by Denise Steininger, AAKP Ambassador