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Orangeburg Branch NAACP held Health Awareness-Chronic Kidney Disease Town Hall Meeting

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Orangeburg Branch NAACP held Kidney Health Awareness

Pictured (left to right): Elaine Leonard, nurse; Bernard Caldwell, transplant patient; Lakeshie Cannon, nurse; and Dr. Zipporah Krishnasami, nephrologist.

The Orangeburg Branch, NAACP held a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Awareness Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Claflin University’s Jonas T. Kennedy Gym. On hand was a nephrologist, register nurses, and a dialysis patient who recently received a kidney transplant.

The clinical topics were: dialysis with emphasis on the forms of home dialysis, peritoneal and home hemodialysis, prevention of kidney disease, different stages of CKD, progression to end-stage renal disease, and Kidney transplant.

“The presenters discussed the disparities between African Americans and other racial/ethnic groups related to kidney disease, the overview of home dialysis patient’s experience, how to access local kidney resources and what participants can do to increase awareness around kidney disease, as well as access to treatment in the community,” said President Barbara Johnson-Williams of the Orangeburg Branch NAACP.

Johnson-Williams also stated that the plan is to continue forums on Chronic Kidney disease in order that information and resources can be disseminated among patients/constituents within the counties of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun.

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