New NKDEP Tools Focus on Increasing Awareness

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000413148.51764.2e
In Brief

A new set of free online educational materials from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is intended to help community groups increase awareness about kidney disease prevention and management.

The new online section, called Get Involved, offers tools and resources that can be used by physicians, health care organizations, community health centers, and families.

“We develop materials that are simple, short, and usable, especially for people from high-risk populations and the providers who serve them,” said NKDEP Director Andrew S. Narva, MD, in a news release. “We want to make sure that everyone who is affected by kidney disease—patients, families, and communities—is aware of our free materials and can access them quickly and easily.”

Get Involved offers fact sheets on kidney disease and NKDEP, kidney disease illustrations, newsletter articles for patients and providers, and social media content. These materials are available at

NKDEP also offers other outreach tools, including resources for faith-based groups and the program's Family Reunion Initiative, which encourages African-American families to discuss kidney health at family gatherings.

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