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Now Accepting Applications for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award

Now Accepting Applications for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award

2015 Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award Application Period Now Open


The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is now accepting applications for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. The award is made possible by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the nonprofit organization led by Jenny Kitsen. The Award funds an annual lecture or presentation that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management.

“Thanks to this endowment, AAKP is excited to support projects in the kidney community that encompass the vision of Jenny Kitsen and the Board of the Network of New England,” said AAKP Executive Director Gary Green. “This award is about ensuring patient safety is a top priority for all health care professionals who care for those living with kidney disease.”

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, public and government agencies, organizations and institutions. Grant applications must be returned to AAKP on or before July 31, 2015. Partial or incomplete grant applications will not be accepted.

To view more information about the AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award, please visitwww.aakp.org/community/programs-events/jenny-kitsen-patient-safety-award. Grant applications should be submitted via mail to:

Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award

American Association of Kidney Patients

2701 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 150

Tampa, FL 33607

Or by email to


Eligible applicants may submit a request up to $5,000 per lecture.

Kidney care, including dialysis, costs the American taxpayer over $35 billion per year, an estimated 7% of the Federal budget. An estimated 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), including more than 600,000 individuals who suffer from complete renal failure which includes those on dialysis or have a functioning kidney transplant. Today, there are more than 100,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list.

In additional to a broad range of relationships in the United States Congress and among allied kidney organizations such as KHI, AAKP works very closely with Federal agencies and senior leaders across government to inform policy and regulatory decisions related to kidney disease care and prevention as well as dialysis and kidney transplantation. These agencies include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

AAKP will continue its focus on patient health, patient engagement and public policy at its 2015 National Patient Meeting to be held in Nashville, Tennessee September 25-27, 2015. The National Patient Meeting will feature health care and policy experts discussing topics including expansion of living kidney donation, new treatment methods, advances in medical technology and pharmaceuticals, efforts to keep kidney patients fully employed as well as training on social media activism. For more information on the 2015 AAKP National Patient Meeting, as well as sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please contact Diana Clynes, AAKP’s Director of Programs & Services at dclynes@aakp.org or call 813-400-2391.