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Abstract: SA-PO039

Combatting CKD: Kidney Health Screenings Through the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program at the University of Virginia

Session Information

Category: Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

  • 900 Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

Authors

  • Yee, Marissa, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Chopra, Tushar, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Background

The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) was initially founded with the goal to increase awareness about chronic
kidney disease (CKD) in the community through education and free kidney health screenings. The KDSAP chapter at the University of Virginia (UVA) was founded in 2021 to bring these initiatives to members of the Charlottesville area.

Methods

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health Grant funds KDSAP at UVA through the UVA Department of Medicine. In the spring of 2023, KDSAP at UVA hosted its first kidney health screening at Mt Zion First African Baptist Church. The screening is run by volunteers, organized by undergraduate students, and supported by medical students, residents, fellows, and physicians. Participants proceeded through 8 stations within 30 minutes: registration, form filling, urinalysis, BMI, blood glucose, blood pressure, physician consultation, and exit survey.We performed a descriptive analysis amongst screened membersself-reproted racial representation. Descriptive data is reported as numbers (n). The reported race/ethnicity was: White/Non-Hispanic White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Latin(o), and not reported.

Results

34 community members were screened during the inaugural KDSAP at UVA kidney health screening. 15 participants were referred to follow-up with nephrology due to abnormal results from: urinalysis, blood pressure, or blood glucose. With regards to racial representation amongst folks screened are outlined in the table.

Conclusion

KDSAP at UVA is the first organization to be led by undergraduate students in collaboration with the UVA Department of Medicine for kidney health-related community outreach to underserved populations. We screened 58.8% African americans, 26% Asians, 2% hispanic or latin(o), 8% white population. Continued efforts to host more kidney health screenings in different locations in Charlottesville, targeting at-risk communities, will forge a future of increased kidney disease awareness and early detection.