NKF Serving Southern California and Nevada

Patient Programs

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The Derek Forfang Kidney Patient Workshop

Self-Care: Mind and Body Wellness

Register for this free in-person program created by kidney patients for kidney patients! Join us on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 11am - 5pm at the Long Beach Entertainment and Convention Center for the Derek Forfang Kidney Patient Workshop, Self-Care: Mind and Body Wellness. A kidney-friendly lunch will be provided. Register online now to secure your spot!

We will explore these topics:

  • Mental health: coping with kidney disease
  • The reality of the kidney diet: patient & dietician panel
  • What's new in chronic kidney disease (CKD), dialysis and transplant?
  • Advocating for yourself and finding HOPE!

Questions? Contact Doris Lew, Program Manager, Patient Programs, doris.lew@kidney.org

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Navigating Transplant: The Kidney Transplant Evaluation

An Educational Webinar for Patients & Care Partners

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 12 PM PT - 1 PM PT


Topics include:

  • What centers are looking for in a transplant candidate
  • What to expect in a transplant work up (evaluation)
  • What to know when someone is thinking about becoming your living donor



Yue-Harn Ng, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Transplant Fellowship Program

University of Washington


Have questions for our speaker?

Email them and any other questions to doris.lew@kidney.org

Professional Education

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The Dialysis Social Worker Perspective: Case Studies Discussion

Lunch & Learn Sessions for Dialysis Professionals

Part 4 of the series Navigating Transplant, A Guide to Empowering Your Patients, focuses on the psychosocial and mental health dimensions of kidney transplantation. Covering the long span of the transplant experience, our expert presenter will demystify the components of the pre-transplant psychosocial assessment, discuss transitioning pre-transplant care needs to the independence that comes with being a recipient, reinforce the importance of educating and encouraging living donation and offer strategies on ways to talk with patients and care partners about the challenges and emotions integral to the transplant journey. This session takes place on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 12 PM PT - 1 PM PT.

55th Annual Medical Symposium

Virtual Options Available


Were you too darn busy to attend in-person? The talks got rave reviews – watch the recordings and earn the credits! REGISTER HERE. This program is available until April 2024. Need assistance? Email CMEinfo@kidney.org


Need to claim your credits for the 55th Annual Medical Symposium? Learners have through January 13, 2024, to complete the online evaluation and receive credit and certificate. Go HERE. Step by step instructions are HERE. Need assistance? Email CMEinfo@kidney.org

Kidney Walk 

Long Beach Kidney Walk at Queen Mary

2024 Southern California Kidney Walk

Registration Now Open

Join us Sunday, Sept 29, 2024 at 9am PT for the 2024 Southern California Kidney Walk! 


We're returning to Marina Green Park in Long Beach, CA. Whether you decide to walk solo, fundraise with a team, or join us as a volunteer, we're looking forward to seeing you there.


One simple step can change a life. Your walk builds hope for a future without suffering—for every person in this fight. Are you with us?


If you have questions about the walk or how to get involved, please contact Trina McManus, trina.mcmanus@kidney.org


If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Joe Grubbs at 818.783.8153 x542 or joe.grubbs@kidney.org.


Patient Resources

Local Support Groups

As a resource, we recommend: 

  • Orange County - Saddleback Kidney Disease Support Group. The group 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 helpforkidneypatients@gmail.com or 949.412.3210
  • Tulare County - Valley Renal Support Group. The group meets virtually and in-person the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8pm PT. For more information, please contact Jennifer McClung, Support Group Leader at 

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.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Franco Reyna, Community Outreach Manager, at 818.783.8153 x542 or franco.reyna@kidney.org.

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.


Program Sponsorship Opportunities 

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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. We host both in-person and virtual Renal Roundtables centered on clinical case studies and/or research updates.


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.

More Ways to Get Involved

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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.

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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