Jenny Kitsen Safety Award

Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety award

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds an annual lecture, activity or program that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management. The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen. 

Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations , public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions. 

THE AAKP Patient safety grant 2022 cycle IS NOW OPEN!

2021 Award Winner

The AAKP is pleased to announce the Kidneys Quest Foundation as recipient of the 2021 AAKP Patient Safety Award.  Award funds will be used by KQF for a virtual international conference convening kidney patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to bring greater awareness about Diabetic Kidney Disease during and after COVID-19. 

2020 Award Winners

The AAKP is pleased to announce Satellite Healthcare and Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor at Alabama A&M University are recipients of the 2020 AAKP Patient Safety Award. Award funds will be used by Satellite Healthcare to produce a patient safety videos series:  Patient Testimonials and Best Practices Regarding Safety. Award funds will be used by Dr. Lang-Lindsey to host a virtual workshop on the significance of care coordination.


Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

The AAKP is pleased to announce the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition as the recipient of its 2019 Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition will utilize grant funds to produce a video that highlights patients as part of the care team and provides information on preventing infections, especially infections related to dialysis vascular access. The project will capture the patient voice and create an enduring educational product focused on informing and engaging patients on the topic of preventing infections. CDC will also deliver a presentation focused on patient engagement and infection prevention at the AAKP National Patient Meeting: Celebrating 50 Years of Patient Engagement & Advocacy, Sept. 6-8, 2019 in Washington, D.C.


National Kidney Foundation

As part of the 2018 Spring Clinicals, the NKF hosted the educational session, “Do no harm! – Avoiding Medication Errors in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.” The session described the most common medication errors and their associated negative outcomes in patients with CKD to highlight the need for more aggressive interventions to address these preventable errors. The medication reconciliation, medication reviews and medication therapy management will be defined with an emphasis on the potential impact these interventions have on patient and economic outcomes. The medication reconciliation measure for dialysis patients developed by the Kidney Care Quality Alliance Measure Feasibility and Testing Workgroup will be highlighted along with efforts by CMS to develop a quality measure(s) related to medication reconciliation and management dialysis clinicals will have to achieve to meet their quality goals. Session presenters included: Jeffery Fink, MD, MS (University of Maryland); Marisa Battistella, PharmD (University of Toronto); and Amy Pai, PharmD, BCPS, FASN, FCCP, FNKF (University of Michigan).

National Renal Administrators Association

As part of its 2017 Annual Conference, NRAA hosted the educational session, “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Safety.” This session focused on the importance for clinic leaders to manage processes and lead facility employees to ensure an environment that promotes and achieves patient safety, best practices and optimal patient outcomes. Session presenter, Mary Kay Hamilton, RN, MHI, has more than 20 years’ experience in the dialysis field, both nationally and internationally.

Past award winners

2017 Award Winners

A.T. Still University of Oral Health, Dr. Maureen Munnelly Perry – Oral Health Safety Protocols

All Kidney Patients Support Group (AKPSG) – Patient Safety and Empowerment

2016 Award Winners

National Renal Administrators Association

Renal Physicians Association

2015 Award Winners

American Nephrology Nurses Association

Forum of ESRD Networks