Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – March 2012
Faith Communities Participate in Kidney Sundays for National Kidney Month
When: March 2012
Institute: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
March is National Kidney Month, a great opportunity to increase awareness about kidney health and encourage African Americans to have their kidney function tested. Kidney failure affects African Americans more than other groups. To help address this problem, the National Kidney Disease Education Program created Kidney Sundays.
On March 25, in the first national Kidney Sundays event, African-American faith organizations around the country will conduct health information sessions focused on kidney disease education using the newly revised Kidney Sundays Toolkit. The toolkit includes talking points, tips on how to incorporate Kidney Sundays messages into an organization's activities, and ideas for other events to help participants get healthier.
The faith organizations will work with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses, and Chi Eta Phi National Sorority, Inc., to discuss the risk factors for kidney disease and help congregants learn how to live healthier longer if they have diabetes or high blood pressure. Nurses will be on site to conduct health screenings, and the faith organizations also will share information with congregants about ADA's Diabetes Alert Day (March 27) and the Diabetes Risk Test.
You can find the Kidney Sundays Toolkit at http://nkdep.nih.gov/kidneysundays/index.htm. To learn more about Diabetes Alert Day, visit http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/diabetes-alert-day/index.aspx.