Local Chapter Resources

Examples of Current Working Relationships

Local Council and NKF Divisions/Affiliates

Northern Arizona CRN (NACRN) and Arizona Kidney Foundation (NKF Affiliate)
North Texas CRN and NKF Serving North Texas (NKF Division)
Michigan CNSW (MCNSW) and NKF of Michigan (NKF Affiliate)
CNSW Upper Midwest and NKF Serving Minnesota, Iowa & the Dakotas (NKF Division)
CRN of Minnesota (CRN-MN) and NKF Serving Minnesota, Iowa & the Dakotas (NKF Division)

Northern Arizona CRN (NACRN) and Arizona Kidney Foundation (NKF Affiliate)

Chapter meetings are held every 2 (occasionally every 3) months. The meetings are frequently held in the conference room at the Arizona Kidney Foundation (AKF). An AKF representative may be invited to attend the meeting and provide an update on AKF /NKF activities but a representative is not required to attend every meeting. Occasionally breakfast or dinner meetings will be held if NACRN can find a sponsored speaker.

NACRN has representatives on the AKF Southwest Nephrology Conference Planning committee as well as on the Patient Services Committee. One NACRN member is very active in KEEP and in recruiting RDs to work KEEP screenings. NKF educational handouts/materials are readily available to all NACRN members at the AKF office. AKF has been involved with NACRN in publishing the Renal Cookbook (currently on hold as funding avenues are being explored).

Any calls regarding renal nutrition, requests for speakers and job search inquires are forwarded to the NACRN membership via a membership e-mail list.

AKF has a nutrition supplement program developed with assistance from NACRN. All NACRN members are able to apply to AKF for up to 12 months of supplement assistance for their patients if patients meet certain nutritional and financial guidelines.

NACRN does not collect dues from its members, but does have educational materials available for sale. The NACRN treasurer has maintained an account for the purchase of these materials separate from AKF for many years. These materials do not generate any significant revenue.

AKF staff is always very supportive of NACRN and has always invited NACRN members to serve on committees as well as participate in all AKF functions and activities.

North Texas CRN and NKF Serving North Texas (NKF Division)

Chapter meetings are held once every month at a not-for-profit community center, but the conference room at the NKF Division office is available by request if needed. A representative of the NKF attends Chapter meeting as a liaison between the Division and the local Chapter, and informs the members of activities going on in the Division and at national level, including KEEP screenings, Kidney Walks and other fund-raising events. Members are invited and encouraged to participate.

Administrative support includes managing the CRN bank account; the money collected from CRN membership is turned in to the Division and can be requested for use by the Chapter as needed (projector, awards, etc). Funds have recently been used to publish the North Texas project “Taking the First Bite” and also the Spanish translation. Extra fundraising, grant requests and promotion for the project was done by the NKF of North Texas to support this project.

The CRN Chapter Chair and any interested members are invited to attend the Division’s Patient Service Meeting and gatherings with the NKF leadership and other disciplines to discuss issues and to network; involvement in projects is encouraged. Educational/activity handouts materials are available to members on a regular basis and are also brought to the Chapter meeting to distribute.

Any calls regarding renal nutrition for speakers, media or patient questions and job search inquiries are forwarded to the local CRN Chair.

The NKF–North Texas Division, in summary, serves as a support and a “parent” to the Chapter, binding all the relationships together. Division leaders and the local Chapters of both CRN and CNSW have meet once a year or as requested/needed to discuss the expectations and organizational design.

Michigan CNSW (MCNSW) and NKF of Michigan (NKF Affiliate)

The Michigan CNSW (MCNSW) Chapter meets three times per year. The meetings are held at the local NKF office. The morning portion of the meetings is designated for discussion of business items, including CNSW updates, local news or resources, CEU opportunities, etc. The afternoon portion is an educational presentation offering CEUs. An NKF representative(s) will attend the meeting to report any news or updates within NKF, including new programs or fundraising events, etc. Educational materials or handouts are provided to members. MCNSW members are always encouraged to attend or participate in these programs as well as encouraged to relay relevant information back to their unit staff and patients. Many MCNSW members participate in NKF Walks; serve on the NKF Affiliate’s program planning committee or the Scientific Advisory Board; or volunteer in other capacities. The MCNSW Chapter has its own website which provides meeting information, a list of the current Executive Board, and local resources. In addition, the Chapter utilizes its own listserv to connect its members, as many are unable to attend our meetings due to the distance from their homes to our meeting sites. The listserv is used to network; communicate to members of upcoming meetings or changes within the chapter; inform of local educational opportunities; or solicit questions of their fellow renal colleagues. MCNSW also holds its own annual symposium in March to celebrate Social Work month, planned by a dedicated planning committee and supported by the Affiliate.

CNSW Upper Midwest and NKF Serving Minnesota, Iowa & the Dakotas (NKF Division)

Council meetings are held every quarter at a conference room within the NKF office building. A representative of the NKF attends for a portion of every meeting as a liaison between the Division and the local chapter. During this time, he/she provides announcements and informs Chapter members of activities going on in the Division and at national level, including KEEP screenings, kidney walks and other fundraising events. Members are invited and encouraged to participate. Division representatives also use this time to actively seek out our Chapter's thoughts and suggestions for future events. They are very open to feedback, suggestions and advice for all services provided by the NKF.

Administrative support includes managing the CNSW bank account. Money collected from the Fall Renal Conference is turned in to the Division and can be requested for use by the Chapter, as needed. Funds raised have been used for CEU opportunities, guest speakers and Chapter Awards as decided upon by the CNSW Chapter Executive Committee.

CNSW involvement in projects is encouraged. Educational/activity handouts materials are available to members on a regular basis and are brought to the Chapter meeting to distribute.

CRN of Minnesota (CRN-MN) and NKF Serving Minnesota, Iowa & the Dakotas (NKF Division)

The Council on Renal Nutrition of Minnesota (CRN-MN) has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the NKF Division. Most notably, CRN-MN underwent efforts to rebuild the Chapter after several years of inactivity. With new Chapter leadership, these efforts would have been much more painstaking, or possibly futile, without the assistance of the NKF Division staff.

The CRN-MN continues to meet 2-3 times a year, traditionally with two smaller business meetings/educational opportunities and one, a full-day joint conference with the Council of Nephrology Social Workers of the Upper Midwest (CNSW). NKF has continuously provided support for these programs, ranging from use of conference rooms & teleconference capabilities for the smaller meetings, to sponsorship or planning assistance with the joint conference. During business meetings, an NKF staff member is present to provide updates of national and local events, as well as to provide an opportunity for each group to communicate needs or suggestions.

CRN-MN members continue to be active in NKF Division programs, including Great Chefs, Gift of Life, Kidney Walks, KEEP screenings, and others. In recent years, CRN-MN has also turned our finances over to NKF for management, alleviating CRN-MN of any tax or liability burdens. Funds are kept for CRN-MN purposes and discretion. The CRN-MN Executive Committee simply requests a withdrawal, which the NKF Division then provides in a timely fashion.

The Chapter and Division will continue collaboration to plan ongoing educational opportunities for Chapter membership and aspire to merge the current CRN/CNSW joint conference with the NKF Division’s “Primary Care Provider” conference. The Chapter looks forward to continuing providing support for NKF’s initiatives/programs and receiving support from the Division as well.