NKF Serving Southern California and Nevada

Community Education and Events

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Introduction to Lupus and Lupus Nephritis

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

12pm - 1pm PST


Topics and Speakers:

  • The basics of Lupus - risk factors and impact

  • Kidneys and Lupus - complications and what to look for

  • A patient and care partner's experience

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Kidney Walks



Mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 for this year's Kidney Walk!  Registration opens early April! 


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 Southern California Kidney Walk! It was an amazing day seeing everyone gather together again and walk in support of the kidney community. The walk brought together 1,000 walkers from our previously held Los Angeles and Orange County Walks and welcomed new walkers from all over Southern CA. 


For more information about the Kidney Walk or to learn how to become a sponsor, please contact Joe Grubbs at 818.783.8153 x543 or joe.grubbs@kidney.org.


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The Big Ask: The Big Give

Whether you need a kidney or are considering donation, let us help you start the conversation.

Our The Big Ask: The Big Give, First Steps to Transplant webinar is an interactive educational program which provides information on deceased donation, living donation, paired donation and how to get on the waiting list.

Finding A Living Donor Webinar

Hosted on February 5, 2023, this informative session shared strategies to finding a living donor.  

Topics Included: 

  • Living donation: benefits & strategies
  • Sharing your story to find a donor
  • Involving friends and family
  • Patient panelists will share experiences, tips, strategies and answer questions

Understanding the Kidney Transplant Wait List

This valuable session, hosted in August 2022, was led by Stanford Transplant Coordinator, Kevin Val Discipulo. The webinar provided attendees with information and resources on how to understand and navigate the transplant waitlist.

A free session for patients, their care partners, and community


View additional resources here, follow link below to watch the recorded session. 

La Pregunta Mas Grande: El Gran Regalo

La Pregunta Mas Grande: El Gran Regalo (The Big Ask: The Big Give) — Primeros Pasos Hacia El Trasplante (Presentación virtual, internet). 29 de junio de 2022, 10am PDT en asociación con UC Irvine Health & Transplant Center.


Professional Education

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Renal Roundtable Lecture Series

Professional Education

Our Renal Roundtables held throughout the year provide medical professionals with a networking opportunity and compelling presentations on issues that are cutting edge and relevant to their practice.


Renal Roundtables are free events for medical professionals, but registration is required.


If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring a Renal Roundtable, please contact Franco Reyna, Community Outreach Manager, at 818.783.8153 x542 or franco.reyna@kidney.org.

Upcoming Renal Roundtable Events
(All listed in Pacific Time)

March 2023

Keeping Patients on Course: Managing Hyperkalemia & Managing Moderate-to-Severe CKD Associated Pruritus in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis

Join us for a professional education and networking dinner, featuring a two-part discussion: 

  • Keeping Patients on Course: Managing Hyperkalemia
  • Managing Moderate-to-Severe CKD-Associated Pruritus in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis


Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Morton's Steakhouse | South Coast Plaza Village
1641 W. Sunflower Ave. | Santa Ana, CA 92704


Presented by: Rodolfo Batarse, MD, FASN

Generously Sponsored by: CSL Vifor


Target Audience: Physicians (all specialties) and advanced practitioners

Cost: Complimentary, and registration is required.

About Our Speaker

Rodolfo Batarse, MD, FASN

Dr. Rodolfo R. Batarse is President and Nephrologist at Desert Kidney Care in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Batarse received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1999. 

Dr. Batarse is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Batarse specializing in general nephrology, transplantation and long term survival of people with transplanted kidneys. 

Patient Resources

Local Support Group

As a resource, we recommend the Saddleback Church Kidney Disease Support Group. Due to Covid-19, the group now meets virtually on the second Saturday of the month and the fourth Monday of the month. For more information, please contact Helen Mills, Support Group Leader, at sparkymiss@cox.net or 949.412.3210.

Your Kidneys and You (YKY) & KEEP Healthy

The National Kidney Foundation's community-based initiative to educate about the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy and reduce risk.

Virtual Kidney Patient Summit

On March 2, advocates from across the country met with 234 Members of Congress and their staff to share the importance of protecting living organ donors, increasing support for kidney research and programs, increasing access to home dialysis and addressing health disparities that exist around kidney disease. We would like to thank Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) for their immediate support following the Summit. They join the 21 other Congress members on the West Coast co-sponsoring the Living Donor Protection Act and Home Dialysis bill.

Join the NKF Ambassador Program!

Volunteers are an integral part of the NKF team. Without them we would be unable to reach the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease and the health professionals who care for them. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills and knowledge of the community to: enhance the programs and services to our constituents; facilitate the achievement of our goals; and educate the public about our organization and its mission. Volunteers are a valuable human resource warranting appropriate orientation, training, opportunities for personal and professional growth and ongoing recognition. We value the collaboration of volunteers and encourage their input in planning and development.

Kidney Cars Vehicle Donation Program

Turn your vehicle into cash for the National Kidney Foundation Serving Southern California and Nevada! 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 Southern California and Nevada today! Donate online or call 800.488.CARS (2277).

Local Office

20929 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 47-216
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: 818.783.8153
Toll Free: 800.747.5527

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