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Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Region III Representative Report

Jennifer Miller, LICSW, NSW-C

Michigans Chapter Update:
It has been a very busy year for the Michigan Council of Nephrology Social Work.  On September 15, the Michigan Chapter will hold its final quarterly meeting of the year.  Our chapter continues to remain active and grow in membership. We continue to support NKFM activities such as the NKFM Zoo Walk, Peer Mentoring Program, Educational Scholarship Program and Emergency Fund. 
We recently held elections for New Chapter Chair and Chapter Secretary. Deb Valentino from the University of Michigan’s Transplant team will be taking over as MCNSW’s new secretary.  Marcy Bristol from Beaumont Dialysis will be taking over as our new Chapter Chair.   The Michigan Chapter continues to thrive as its member’s lead the way in Nephrology Social Work.  
Indiana Chapter Updates: 
The theme for this past Spring’s meeting was “Having the Difficult Conversations About….” Topics included: Advance Directives (specifically the POST form), Palliative Care, Processing Problems with Various Dementias, and Pre-funeral Planning and Family Issues After Death. Presenters included experts from clinical psychology, neuropsychology, geriatrics, and the funeral industry. We had an excellent turnout of about 50 professionals with lively discussions with each speaker.
This fall’s upcoming ICNSW meeting on November 10, 2017 is 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 anticipate a good social worker turnout with this opportunity to network with other professionals.
Eastern MO and Metro East chapter: 
CNSW of Eastern MO and Metro East welcomed it’s new “Executive Team” at it’s final meeting of the year, in June. New Co-Leaders: Jessica Zabih, MSW, LCSW and Lisa Parnell, MSW, LCSW worked all summer with the rest of the team to prepare for our “Kick-off Meeting”, which will be on Tuesday – September 12th, 2017. 
In August, Lisa was invited to represent our team at the MTM, Inc. Provider Workshop, with a discussion of “Sensitivity Training for Transportation Providers of Dialysis Patients”.  This organization provides coordination of the MO State Medicaid – Managed Care insurance recipients transportation arrangements. 
Plans were finalized for upcoming guest speakers at our monthly CNSW meetings. In September, Adrienne Holden, Director of Medical and Research Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis will present “Ethical Issues and Personal Dilemmas”. In October, Connie Fisher, Director of Mental Health Promotion at the Mental Health America of Eastern MO will present “Mental Health/Power up to Productivity”. In November, Julia Allen, MSW from MO CLAIM Primaris will present “Insurance Coverage Options/Changes in Healthcare”.  Finally, in December, we will participate in our annual “Winter Celebration”. 
Wisconsin Chapter Updates:
August 4, 2017 we worked collaboratively with NKF-WI to provide a unique CEU-credit opportunity for our CNSW members. We offered 3.0 CEU credits for either attending the meeting/presentation in-person or in the format of a GO-TO MEETING online. The topic of the presentation for this meeting was “Transplant: The Before, During, and After Story” and included a presentation from Jessica Berger-Martinez, APSW, & Shannon Kortbein, RN, from Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center and Kelly C Phoungphol, CAPSW, Abdominal Transplant Froedtert. Both of these Transplant centers are located in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area.
The opportunity for having the meeting in the online format received high marks from many of our members who often have to travel great distances to get to our meetings in Madison Wisconsin. We thank Cindy Huber at NKF-WI for providing the technology and expertise for this option. 
October 6, 2017 we are planning another CNSW meeting in Madison, Wisconsin for 2 CEU credits on the topic of Advanced Care Planning in the Renal Setting presented by Deanne Rothbauer. 
November 9, 2017 is our annual Interdisciplinary Healthcare Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. We are applying for 7 CEU credits for this full-day of presentations. This Symposium is in collaboration with NKF-WI and includes a variety of topics that would interest all disciplines in the renal setting. 
Upper Midwest Chapter Updates:
Our Chapter continues to periodically offer social opportunities for members to gather and network. Our last meeting was held on September 12, 2017 with a CEU presentation on Understanding ESRD Medicare and Social Security Disability. We had a good turnout including 4 new members who attended the meeting. We are working toward scheduling our next meeting and CEU event in the winter, with the date and topic yet to be determined.
Iowa Chapter Updates:
We continue to have about 40 active members. We will have our Fall meeting October 6th in Coralville and expect a good turnout. 

Council on Renal Nutrition

No updates at this time

Council of Nephrology Nurses & Technicians

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