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ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

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Kidney Week

Special Session

It Takes a Village: Perspectives from Four Diverse Communities

November 09, 2019 | 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Location: 140, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

People from underserved and underrepresented communities - including racial/ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people; and people with disabilities - have unique experiences in society and healthcare. Because many have experienced legal discrimination, social stigma, and discrimination in healthcare, they may be reluctant to seek care or participate in research. This session provides lectures on the experiences of four diverse communities, in and outside the context of kidney care, to enhance competence relating to members of these communities.

ASN thanks its Diversity and Inclusion Committee for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe commonly used and accepted terms in underrepresented minority communities
  • Explain the experiences of underrepresented minorities in healthcare and society
  • Describe examples of health and healthcare disparities
  • Discuss the importance of interpersonal interactions with people whose communities are different from that of the clinician

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Other


  • Deidra C. Crews, MD, MS, FASN
  • Mitchell R. Lunn, MD, MS, FASN


  • LGBTQ 101: A Primer for Providers and Researchers
    04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Dinushika Mohottige, MD, MPH
  • Caring for Latinx Patients
    05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
    Lilia Cervantes, MD 
  • Providing Optimal Care for African-American Patients
    05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
    Nwamaka D. Eneanya, MD, MPH, FASN 
  • Understanding the Experiences of People with Physical Disabilities
    06:00 PM - 06:30 PM
    Cynthia Delgado, MD