Advocacy and Public Policy

World Kidney Day 2010

Join ASN on World Kidney Day 2010 by promoting kidney disease awareness on Capitol Hill, in your communities, and at your workplace.

World Kidney Day 2010 Video

World Kidney Day 2010

A recap of ASN advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill during World Kidney Day 2010. Play the video.

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Spread the Word about World Kidney Day and Kidney Disease

ASN leaders will commemorate WKD 2010 by meeting with members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill to increase awareness of kidney disease as a serious public health threat. Leaders are calling attention to profound health disparities in the kidney disease population as part of advocacy efforts. In conjunction with WKD, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) will release a new study that highlights the need to reduce disparities in the urban poor population, and ASN produced an accompanying podcast with the lead author.

In addition to spending the day in meetings on Capitol Hill, ASN leaders will participate in targeted radio interviews about the impact of kidney disease, and ASN will publicize its activities via press release as well as editorials in the Society's renowned journals.

Serve as a Kidney Disease Advocate

Even if you cannot participate in ASN's World Kidney Day activities in Washington, DC, please join the Society's advocacy efforts by contacting your members of Congress to urge them to support programs of importance to the renal community. Send a letter today at ASN's Legislative Action Center.

World Kidney Day Events: Wednesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10

ASN, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), and the American Kidney Fund (AKF) will celebrate the launch of World Kidney Day Wednesday, March 11, with a reception on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff as well as special guest Grizz Chapman of NBC's 30 Rock. Mr. Chapman is currently undergoing dialysis and is awaiting a kidney transplant.

Thursday, March 11

In the morning, ASN leadership will participate in radio interviews to publicize the importance of kidney disease awareness. Afterwards, ASN members ascend the Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for programs that benefit the kidney community.