NKF Serving the Alleghenies

NKFALL 2020 Kidney Gift of Life Honors

NKF Gift of Life Honors

Join the National Kidney Foundation as we take a trip through the magical Land of Oz for our Annual Kidney Gift of Life Honors on March 4, 2023 at Acrisure Stadium. Visit Kidney Gift of Life Honors for more details. If you have any questions regarding the event please contact, Alexis Curran at alexis.curran@kidney.org.
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NKF Konica Minolta Classic

Join us on May 22nd at Longue Vue Club in Verona, Pennsylvania for the 2023 NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic! The day is certain to be filled with  networking, great food and drink, and of course, a lot of competitive golf. Corporate sponsorships, foursomes, twosomes and single golfer options are all available. Registration website coming soon! Please contact Molly Doehring at molly.doehring@kidney.org for more information or to reserve your spot.

Kidney Walk

Pittsburgh Kidney Walk

THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 2022 Pittsburgh Kidney Walk yesterday! Together, we raised more than $200,000 in the fight against kidney disease, and we could not have done it without all of you! No matter how you chose to LaceUp with us this year - or how many steps you completed - our Kidney Walk community is better because you're in it. Not finished supporting your kidney community? Don't worry! We will still be accepting donations for the Kidney Walk through December 31st, so there's still time to hit our goal of $242,500If you have any questions please contact, Alexis Curran at alexis.curran@kidney.org.

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NKF Corporate Monopoly Tournament

After a two year hiatus, it was so great to bring back the Corporate Monopoly Tournament on September 15th at Rivers Casino! Together with more than 175 guests, we raised over $43,000! Thank you to everyone who contributed - we can't wait for next year! If you'd like more information or to get involved with next year's event, please contact Molly Doehring at molly.doehring@kidney.org.

Big Ask Big Give

The Big Ask: The Big Give – A Workshop on Living Donation

Do you need a kidney transplant? Or do you have a family member or friend who needs a kidney? This workshop is for you! While it may be overwhelming to ask someone to consider the donation, we can help. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn the best strategies and the most effective tips for finding a living donor.
 
This webinar will teach kidney disease patients who are on the waiting list for a transplant and their family and friends how to:
  • Find a living kidney donor
  • Educate family and friends about living-donor kidney transplantation
  • Tell your story through networking sites social media and other channels
For more information contact Holly Turkovic, Senior Community Outreach Manager, at holly.turkovic@kidney.org.

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Advocacy

In 2021 we passed the Living Donor Protection Act in the state of Pennsylvania. This bill will ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors. Thank you to all the volunteers, advocates, living donors and their families who made this happen! We are hopeful to have the same success in West Virginia. Join our network of advocates to make a difference for kidney patients.
 
Questions? Contact Senior Community Outreach Manager, Holly Turkovic at holly.turkovic@kidney.org.

Learn about your Kidneys and You

Your Kidneys & You is a presentation on kidneys, risk factors and preventative action steps, with a focus on where to turn for more information. You may request a Your Kidneys & You presentation for your workplace, civic organization, school, club or place of worship by contacting Senior Community Outreach Manager, Holly Turkovic at holly.turkovic@kidney.org.

Drive for Dialysis

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness dramatically alters one's life – you can help.
 
Challenge your colleagues, civic organization, school, club, place of worship, friends, and/or family to join the fight against kidney disease with a hands-on, team-building volunteer project assembling care packages for dialysis patients in the community where you live and work. For more information, contact Senior Community Outreach Manager, Holly Turkovic at holly.turkovic@kidney.org.

Team Kidney & DIY Fundraising

If our scheduled fundraisers aren’t what you’re looking for, then create your own event to raise funds and hope with Team Kidney. From celebrating transplant anniversaries, honoring a loved one, to bake sales and bowling tournaments, to pushing yourself with a 10K or esports — the fundraising possibilities are endless. Have questions? Contact development manager Alexis Curran at alexis.curran@kidney.org.

Better lives and healthier futures start with YOU

Volunteering with the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies gives you a chance to be part of the mission to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases. Millions of Americans have some form of kidney or urologic disease. Thousands die each year while waiting for kidney transplants. Hundreds of thousands need life-sustaining dialysis treatments to stay alive. Volunteer your time and/or talent to support NKF initiatives in our local community.
 
Register to check out our latest volunteer opportunities or contact Alexis Curran at 412.261.4115 x757 or alexis.curran@kidney.org.

Professional Education, Tools & Support

NKF provides opportunities for collaboration, networking, and career advancement for every member of the kidney patient care team. Tools and resources, based on NKF-published guidelines, are developed for professionals to incorporate into their practices and advance patient care. As part of our professional education opportunities, we also offer Renal Roundtables and Renal Grand Rounds, both in-person and virtually. For more information about professional education or if you interested in learning more about our Medical Advisory Board, contact Holly Turkovic at holly.turkovic@kidney.org.

Corporate Partners

list of NKF Serving Alleghenies corporate partners

A very special THANK YOU to our 2022 Annual Corporate Partners!

To learn more about how to become an NKF Annual Corporate Partner, please contact our office.

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Join Hands With the NKF to Help the 37 million Americans Fighting Kidney Disease

You will make a difference!
By contributing all or a portion of your United Way gift to the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies (#170), you will help us provide free, community-based KEEP Healthy kidney health checks designed to detect kidney disease early…when there is still time to slow, or even halt, the progression of this serious public health epidemic.
 
Maximize the impact of your gift! Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program.
 
Choose Contributor Choice Code #170 — and know that thousands of kidneys will thank you!
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Kidney Cars Vehicle Donation Program

Turn your vehicle into cash for the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies! Vehicles donated to National Kidney Foundation have the potential to bring hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in support of advocating for all kidney patients through education, research, and innovation. Donating is simple, the pick-up is free, and your gift is tax-deductible. Donate your vehicle to the NKF Serving the Alleghenies today! Donate online or call 800.488.CARS (2277).

Patient & Family Services

Transportation Program

Pennsylvania Chronic Renal Disease Program – Transportation Reimbursement Program

 

When a dialysis patient needs help with transportation costs to and from dialysis treatment, the Chronic Renal Disease Program (CRDP) may offer reimbursement to assist with these costs.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

As a participating Provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Health Chronic Renal Disease Program (CRDP) Transportation Program, the National Kidney Foundation administers reimbursement for public, shared-ride, invalid coach and non-emergency transportation expenses incurred by qualified dialysis patients in western and eastern Pennsylvania.

 

WHO QUALIFIES:

You must be an active member of the CRDP Program before you apply for transportation benefits. Please be advised, the transportation assistance is limited, and you must meet the eligibility guidelines detailed on the transportation application to receive the benefits. Please reach out to your dialysis clinic social worker to see if your eligible and assist you with completing the CRDP Transportation Application.

 

Please reach out to Maggie Pratt at maggie.pratt@kidney.org or 800.261.4115 ext. 752 for more information.

Peers Lending Support

Peers Lending Support is our free, national telephone-based support program that connects those experiencing CKD (Stage 4, dialysis patients, and transplant recipients) with an NKF-trained mentor who has been through a similar experience. For more information on Peers Lending Support, call toll-free 855.NKF.PEER (855.653.7337) or visit our Peers Lending Support page.

NKF Cares

NKF Cares is our toll-free phone and email patient help line. Trained professionals provide information, support and resources to people affected by CKD (patients, family members) on a wide variety of topics. Call toll-free 855.NKF.CARES (855.653.2273).

Patient Education, Tools & Support

The National Kidney Foundation has the most extensive library of kidney health information for individuals, patients, transplant recipients, and living donors, including newsletters, printed brochures, online materials, and virtual workshops. If you are interested in participating in our Patient Education webinars, contact Holly Turkovic at holly.turkovic@kidney.org to be added to our invite list.

Additional Resources

More information to help patients can be found at our Patients & Family Resources page.

Update: CRDP Income Limit Increase!

The income eligibility guidelines for the Chronic Renal Disease Program have increased to 325% or below the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG) from 300% or below the FPIG.  This means that for a single person, the income limit is now $44,168 and for a family of two, the income limit is now $59,508.  

An application can be found at this link.  Also, on the website under the Resources heading is the CRDP Patient Share Cost (PSC) Table and Federal Poverty Guidelines which will give you the income limits for larger families. 

For more information on CRDP enrollment, please contact PACE/Magellan at 1-800-225-7223.

Professional Resources and Events

CME/CE Activities

There are numerous opportunities for continuing education online by clicking CME/CE Activities. The National Kidney Foundation is Accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Educational Resources

The National Kidney Foundation delivers professional programs and resources in print, online, through multi-media and in meetings. We offer a vast library of printed publications on a number of different topics. Educational literature and materials can be found also be found online at the NKF Store.

Additional Resources

A variety of resources are designed for renal professionals, including our smartphone applications, Spring Clinical meetings, Living Well DVD series and professional journals. Please visit the Professionals page of our website for more information.

Local Office

2403 Sidney Street
Suite 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: 412.261.4115
Toll Free: 800.261.4115
Fax: 412.261.1405

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