Global and National Corporate Involvement with AAKP

The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) is the largest kidney patient organization in America. We have a proud 50-year history of advocating for increased patient care choice and access to the timely disease education and the diagnostics, biologics and devices that empower patients to remain fully engaged in life and society. We are unfailing optimists in our belief that science, innovation, and technology can save lives and improve patient outcomes – we know, because AAKP is led by patients whose lives have been saved by disease education and medical advancements. At AAKP, being patient-centric is inherent, not a mission statement.

The AAKP national team is comprised of experienced policy, business and non-profit professionals who happen to have kidney disease. Our national Board of Directors and our National and Global Patient Ambassadors represent the full range of kidney diseases, including rare/genetic diseases, and as a diverse team of enthusiastic advocates and educators, they represent the full diversity of America and the communities most impacted kidney diseases. We are united in our shared concern kidney diseases must be detected early and accurately, progression must be delayed, and patient care choice must include all new treatments and innovations – including pre-emptive transplantation and all home care options.

We understand the intricate world of policy, regulation, legislation, and reimbursement issues. We know how these mechanisms determine ongoing progress in the field of kidney disease medicine or a default to unimaginative status quo healthcare. With our expansive databases and data collection technologies, we are experts in collecting the unique patient preference insights (PPI), patient reported outcomes (PRO) and real-world evidence (RWE) that leaders in diagnostic, drug and device innovation need to develop solutions that are informed by patient life experiences.

AAKP is committed to adding high value to industry partners through substantive engagement and opportunities for industry to support the AAKP mission of helping reduce the devasting impacts of kidney diseases and to save lives. As a non-profit, non-partisan with a Platinum rating from GuideStar Charities, we use a national strategy to intelligently incorporate our dedicated legions of volunteer patient experts and smart business technologies – so we keep our overhead low, operate, and operate at a fraction of the cost of other national advocacy organizations whose comparatively massive overheads demand constant fundraising and diffuse impact and effectiveness. Our integrated national strategy has made us a well-known and highly respected advocate for our fellow kidney patients – and a vital partner for industry partners seeking to advance innovations and care treatments for the fellow patients we are honored to represent.

Simply stated, our annual corporate memberships allow our industry partners to demonstrate their commitment to helping to improve the life of patients. Based on the results we achieve and the level of genuine patient engagement the AAKP brand generates, we believe our Global and National Corporate Memberships, at any level, are among the best investments your company can make.

Global Membership Opportunities

Global Membership with AAKP is a unique opportunity to directly support the organization and AAKP’s Decade of the Kidney™ – a 10-year initiative announced in 2019, upon the signing of the ground-breaking and bipartisan Advancing American Kidney Health federal policy and the start of our 50th Anniversary year. During this decade, we believe kidney patients will take a more central role, alongside our allies, to accelerate kidney medicine away from tired status quo of kidney care medicine.

We are committed to working with researchers, clinical trial experts and the private sector to reshape the future for patients and health outcomes. Help us – and let us help your company – toward a future defined by greater patient treatment choice; new, targeted therapies and diagnostics to detect, inhibit and better manage kidney diseases and prevent kidney failure; and greater access to life-sustaining devices and organs including artificial wearable and implantable kidneys. AAKP is convinced that an organized, global patient consumer voice, through a coordinated patient and professional consortium, will accelerate research and policies that speed innovation, increase market demand and lead to more favorable payment and reimbursement decisions to support the entry of new, life sustaining products into the healthcare marketplace.

Contact Diana Clynes, AAKP Executive Director at or (813) 400-2391 for AAKP Global Kidney Health Council Membership Opportunities.

National Membership Opportunities

Contact Erin Kahle, AAKP Director of Stakeholder Operations at or (813) 400-2393 for AAKP National Membership Opportunities.

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