The following health and welfare services and assistance are provided for patients with kidney and urological disease in the West Texas area by the South Plains Kidney Foundation:
- food from South Plains Food bank on a monthly basis
- nutritional support in the form of diet supplement
- financial assistance for needed medications
- temporary lodging
- medical supplies
- transportation assistance to and from dialysis centers
- dental work
- patient education materials
- patient newsletters
- organ donation education program
- medical alert jewelry
- pre-dialysis education program
- minority health education
- emergency financial assistance
15th Annual "A Day for You" Patient Symposium
The SPKFand the local affiliate exist to serve the needs of the renal disease patient and to advance research to overcome the associated diseases involved.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the 15th Annual "Empower Yourself: Take Control of your Kidney Disease" will be held at the UMC's McInturff Center at University Medical Center. We anticipate a large gathering of patients and their families and our program will feature some of the latest information on aspects of kidney health and disease management.
The Educational Curriculum will include
1. Good Nutrition Can Help Prevent
2. Understanding Treatment Options
3. Depression, Coping Techniques and Conflict Resolution
4. Care of Dialysis Accesses
5. Intimacy and Sexuality
6. Community and Governmental Resources
During the event information was given on both the physical aspects of kidney disease as well as psychological and spiritual ways that people cope. Venders will be present to answer questions and to make some terrific give-aways.
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symposiums have been terrific. In a moment of
fun, Dr. Brian Carr and his "10 minute theatre" presented
"Road to Wellville" detailing a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Our Past Executive Director Lana Rolf presents one of our lucky participants with a gift certificate. Not only do you learn, you also get to win with SPKF.
The SPKF is strongly committed to professional education. Each year the SPKF of West Texas presents a comprehensive workshop series on issues surrounding advancements in diagnosis and treatment of kidney and related disease.
Past program topics have included:
- "Clarifying Stages of Behavior Change"
- "Analyzing Learning Styles"
- "Targeting Adult Learners"
- "The Internet & Medical Practice"
- "Ethical Dilemas in Organ Donation/Transplantation"
- "Congestive Heart Failure, Diuretics & Volume"
- "Hypertension: 2001 Outpatient Management"
- "Transplant Immunosuppression Update"
- "For Better or Worse: The Renal Spouse & Family"
- "The Therapeutic Use of Antioxidants in Heart Disease"
- "Improving Glucose Control in the Diabetic Renal Patient"
- "Recognizing Syndrome X as a Public Health Issue"
- "ESRD Funding Impact on Patient Care"
- "First Aid for Care Givers"
A new Internet discussion group, NEPHKIDS was recently established to provide a public forum. NEPHKIDS is designed for families with children who have kidney disease. The chat group provides educational information and support for participants and allows them to share common experiences. Families, older adolescent patients, physicians, nurses and other renal health care professionals are welcome to participate.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo@UAlberta.CA stating "subscribe NEPHKIDS".
The SPKF also provides Awareness Campaigns and ongoing education on kidney disease and organ donation to the general public. For more information please contact our office by clicking here.