Local Chapter News

The Local Chapters of the NKF Professional Councils hold regular meetings, often work with NKF offices in their area, engage with their members and honor local renal professionals in unique ways. This is a place for Chapters to recap events, share meeting and speaker ideas, and announce member achievements.

If you are interested in submitting to Local Chapter News, please contact your Region Representative or your Council's RenaLink Editor. Other questions? Email us.


Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Region I and V Representative Report: Tom Lepetich, LCSW 
Where has the time gone? It appeared to be a tumultuous year with many CMS investigations and Network initiatives. It was our second year of depression screening and efforts were focused on making it less of a task (to comply with  CMS regulations) and making it more of a competent SW tool that can help our patients. The 2018 NKF Clinical Meetings will be April 10 – 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.   
Chapter Chair Reports – Region I 
  • New York Metropolitan Chapter: Nicole Harrison, Chair. Had a meeting on October 25th at Beth Israel Medical Center with presentations on “Substance Abuse in Dialysis Patients” presented by Adina Kolatch, LCSW, CASAC and “Habit Change for ESRD Patients” presented by Whitney Turkanis, LCSW, NSW-C..
  • Southern New England Chapter: Sarah Stevenson, Chair:  Had a four education forums in 2017 and received CEUs on September 27th at FKC-Providence  in Providence, RI on “Palliative Care and Hospice Care for Renal Patients” presented by Dr. Martin and Dr. Ritzau.
  • Western Pennsylvania Chapter: Mandy Sheetz, Chair:  Held their Fall Conference on October 6th.  Featured topics included “Addictions and Dialysis Dependence”; “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” and “Ethical Decision Making and Burnout.”
Chapter Chair Reports – Region V 
  • Oregon/SW Washington Chapter:  Pia Allabastro, Mary Carney and Valerie Small, Chairs:  Had a great conference entitled “Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation” on November 8th in Portland, Oregon.  Presentations Dr. Krista Lentine, a nephrologist at SSM Health at St. Louis University Hospital, and Aimee Adelmann, Director of Education and Outreach with Donate Life Northwest.  A BIG THANKS to Yasuyo Tsunemine for the planning of the conference.

Council on Renal Nutrition

Virginia (VACRN): Recently elected 3 new officers, Donna Neel: Secretary; Rickeya Smith: Co-Chair & Jessica Moler: Treasurer. We continue to have quarterly meetings throughout the state, our bi-annual all day fall meeting will be in Williamsburg this year with CEUs, watch for notices and dates for our upcoming 2018 meetings.

Georgia CRN (GCRN): The Annual GCRN Spring Clinical Meeting will be held on May 3-4, 2018 at the Macon Conference Center, 105 Holiday Drive North, Macon, GA 31210. The times will be from 8:00-5:00 on May 3rd and 8:00-12:00 on May 4th.  


CRN New England (CRNNE): Spring 2018 meeting will be held Wednesday May 9, 2018 at UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center 7:30am-4:00pm. Topics include Malnutrition, Ca/phosphorus management, following renal transplant, yoga/wellness, fluid management, and CKD counseling.  CEU will be provided.


Michigan CRN:  The Board of Michigan CRN are busy planning their Spring 2018 Symposium.  The date is set for Friday, April 20th.  The venue has moved due to increased attendance and membership!  Please contact Adarsh Bery, MS, RD at Abery1@hfhs.org  for further information.

Indiana CRN:  Indiana CRN has a new Chair, Christina Miller, MS, RDN, CD.  The chapter is planning a spring Meeting for Friday, April 6th.  Please contact Christina Miller at Christina.miller@fmc-na.com  for further information.
Minnesota CRN:  It’s been one year since the Minnesota Chapter has reaffiliated!  The board has added officers and membership continues to grow.  A Spring Education event is planned which will be an Ethics Webinar.  This will help reach a wider group of members.  A planning committee has also been formed for a Fall educational event as well.   Talks are in the works for a possible joint symposium with other providers.  Liz Zasoski is the current chair and can be contacted at ZasoskiE@centracare.com
“No date has been set for either event.” 
Iowa CRN:  Spring meeting planned for March 29th in Coralville Iowa.  Details to follow.  
Cincinnati-Dayton CRN:  Meetings are held every other month at the local NKF office in Cincinnati.  February Speaker will speak on Iron Homeostasis and Chronic Kidney Disease.
Region III Members please refer to the following link to find the Chair of your local CRN Chapter.  If you are interested in forming a new Chapter in your area please contact the Region III Representative. https://www.kidney.org/professionals/CRN/region3
Wisconsin CRN:  WiCRN will offer a Webinar on the topic of Calciphylaxis provided by a PharmD.  No date has been set of yet but late February or early March is the target.  There are also plans for a joint interdisciplinary collaboration between CRN and ANNA scheduled for May 3rd in the Waukesha area.  This will be a dinner program with a minimum of two speakers.  CEU’s to be determined.

Council of Nephrology Nurses & Technicians

No updates at this time