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.

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Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Chapter Chair Reports – Region III 
Indiana Chapter
This fall’s ICNSW meeting on November 10, 2017 was held in association with the NKF Indiana 26th Annual Stuart A. Kleit Symposium. The Symposium is a one day multi-disciplinary seminar that enhances the understanding of advances in care of the Chronic Kidney Disease patients and provides information and accreditations to nephrology professionals. The theme this year is “Improving the Lives of Your Patients.” Psychosocial topics include Hearing Loss & Dementia -- Effective Communication, Boundaries in the Age of Social Media, and A Patient’s Journey (a patient discussing his ESRD journey and the significant role of nephrology professionals). Other presentations are on Challenging Transplant Issues, Cardiology & ESRD, Hepatitis C, and Telemedicine. We had a good social worker turnout with the opportunity to network with a variety of other professionals. 
Our Spring 2018 meeting on March 23rd had a theme of Clinical Issues: Improving Our Skills. Topics include discussions on the Structured Family Caregiving program, Immigration Update & Legal Issues with a prominent local immigration attorney and others, Addictions: Skills for Renal Social Workers to Help Patients get to and stay in treatment and recovery, and strategies for Self-Care for Social Workers. We, had good participation from social workers around the state.
Minnesota/Upper Midwest Chapter 
The Upper Midwest Chapter continues to hold meetings quarterly, with one CEU offering at each meeting. Our last meeting was held on May 9, 2018 with a presentation on Suicide Safety Planning by Julia Pawlenty, LICSW a Suicide Prevention Social Worker at the Minneapolis VA. We currently have a total of 33 members. Our board is holding elections in May for a new board to take over in June. We are hopeful to continue to grow, network, and offer educational opportunities to the nephrology social work community.
Michigan Chapter 
Hello everyone, Well, I am into my second quarter as President of MCNSW. Thus far it has been a wonderful experience and I am enjoying seeing the new faces at our meetings. Our next meeting is Friday, June 1st, 2018. I have added to our morning agenda for the first time the opportunity for our MSWs to present a case study or share in a difficult or challenging case they are working with. My hopes with this are to have a great round table type of discussion where we can share resources, clinical ideas and overall support in assisting our colleagues with those cases that we just could use some added assistance with. It is a great time to pool all of our resources together. Our speaker for the afternoon session is Michelle McGrann, MA and she will be speaking on "Human Trafficking, A Community Epidemic".  Ms. Mcgrann is the Founder of SOAP (Saving our Adolescents from Prostitution." Our Chapter continues to support and promote the many projects and programs given by the National Kidney Foundation including but not exclusive  to the recent Detroit Zoo Walk. Our chapter has a new secretary, Ms. Lauren Smitherman, LMSW who words the University of Michigan Medical Center. We are excited to have Lauren on board. We are also in the process of accepting nominations for the "Merit award" and our "New Worker award." I am honored to serve as the chapters President and look forward to all of our involvement in the betterment of care and resources for our patients.
Eastern MO and Metro East
We continued to support the Renal Social Workers who provide care for patients suffering from kidney disease in a variety of settings, including transplant centers, hospitals, outpatient dialysis clinics and local renal organizations. In April 2018 Tamitha R. Ague from NASW presented on Social Work and Risk Management. During the Business Meeting we officially named our fall retreat (October 9, 2018) in honor of our long time member Debbie Silverberg, who recently passed away. In May 2018 Justine Froelker, Med, LPC, CDWF presented on Beyond Surviving: Self Care to a Thriving Life. June will be our final meeting of the summer. Guest presenter will be one of our current members: Daniel Schoenig, MSW, LMSW, who will speak on ESRD, Dialysis and Transplant – Perspectives from a Former Patient/Current Renal Social Worker. We will return to monthly meetings in September 2018. 
Eastern Missouri & Metro East Chapter
Since being the chapter chair we had a meeting in December in Shawnee Mission KS with right at about 20 participants. We had a speaker present for 2 hours on domestic violence and then conducted a 3 hour presentation on diversity. The feedback was very positive about the speaker. Then we met again on May 15th we had an attorney come in and present about long term care and estate planning and access to VA benefits. We then talked about where we would like to see our chapter go, and we asked for volunteers in helping with planning meetings. We also brought up charging dues again. We discussed new speaker ideas and locations to hold meetings. We came up with palliative care, voc-rehab, cms surveyors and changes to insurance.

Council on Renal Nutrition

14th Annual Joint Conference Upstate and Western NY
October 11, 2018
Batavia Downs
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Contact: Judith.kirk@rochesterregional.org 
Phone: 585-922-0313
Maryland Chapter of the Council on Renal Nutrition Biennial Conference
September 26, 2018
Doubletree Hilton, Twin Knolls Road, Columbia MD
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
6 CEUs anticipated
Contact: Secretary  Sharon Kennedy RD, LDN smkennedy@idfdn.org
Council Chair  Christine Manganiello RD, LDN cmanganiello@idfdn.org
New England Council on Renal Nutrition Fall Conference
October 3, 2018
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
6.5 CEUs anticipated
Contact chair: Maria Silvestri, maria.sivestri@fmc-na.com 
Washington/Oregon Chapter: Topic TBD
August 1, 2018 
Speaker: TBD
Webinar option available
Contact person: Laura Larcom  Laura.Larcom@fmc-na.com   
Washington/Oregon Chapter: The Emerging Importance of Alkali Treatment in CKD
October 4, 2018 
Speaker: Dr. Donald Wesson
12:00 pm
700 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98112
Webinar option available.
Contact person: Laura Larcom  Laura.Larcom@fmc-na.com
Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter
August 7, 2018
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lynn Oehler
Presentation title: Vitamin and Minerals
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 94126
Contact person: Laura Larcom  Laura.Larcom@fmc-na.com
Fall NKF Council on Renal Nutrition if Western PA
October 2 2018
Chadwicks in Wexford, PA 
Contact person: Karen Peterson RD, LDN, CDE
e-mail: Kphondacyle@comcast.net 
Minnesota: Kidney Care Strategies: A Symposium
for PCPs & the Multidisciplinary Team 
November 10, 2018
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Be The Match
500 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Register Today: kidney.org/MNsymposium
For more information, contact:
Katelyn Engel MPH, RD, LD
651.636.7300 Ext 421

Council of Nephrology Nurses & Technicians

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