CDC Recognizes Chronic Kidney Disease as Major Public Health Issue

New York, NY (April 29, 2008) - A new kidney disease screening program will be pilot-tested this fall in California, Florida, New York and Minnesota as part of a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Chronic Diseases Research Group. The program will target Americans at high risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD)-- those who are above the age of 50 or those who have diabetes or high blood pressure.

“People who have early kidney disease, especially those with diabetes, have a significantly increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Our challenge is to find early kidney disease and treat it aggressively. We can substantially reduce risk and improve outcomes by using treatments that are readily available today,” said Allan Collins, MD, NKF president-elect and the Principal Investigator of the project. “The experience that we at the NKF have gained in running our Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) nationwide will aid in our development of the new screening program.”

Two screening programs will be held in each of the four states selected for the pilot test. The geographically diverse locations include:

  • California: Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino
  • Florida: Miami, Orlando
  • New York: New York City, Syracuse
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis, Prior Lake

“This program will promote state-based approaches to chronic kidney disease ,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, NKF Chief Medical Officer and the co-Principal Investigator of the project. “Chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem that affects 13% of the U.S. population, reduces both the quality and length of life and is expensive to treat. The populations of each of the pilot sites are at high risk for CKD and reflect the racial and ethnic distribution of the U.S. population as a whole.” The results of this demonstration project may be utilized to create a modified screening program to be conducted nationwide.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of kidney and urinary tract disease, improving the health and well-being of patients and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

To learn more about the new screening program call (800)622-9010.