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Systemic Issues Impacting Chronic Kidney Disease & Health Equity (Disease Prevention, Donor Candidacy, and Implications

  • 6 May 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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Systemic Issues Impacting Chronic Kidney Disease


Health Equity 

(Disease Prevention, Donor Candidacy, and Implications) 

 Virtual Meeting 

12:00 PM CT - 1:00 PM CT  

Complimentary- Open to All 

A confirmation is sent immediately upon registration with the virtual link for the day of the event, if you do not receive it, please contact us at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 

Chronic kidney disease can be detected early on through screening of patients routinely and with a focus on patients with diabetes or hypertension.   While many patients are diagnosed too late and progress to having to rely on dialysis, many Black patients are unaware of organ transplant options and are disproportionately not wait listed on the organ transplant lists. In Chicago dialysis treatment programs, approximately 60% are Black persons and yet Black persons yet they make up only 29% of the Chicago population.

The National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a study of and recommendations for organ transplants.  The extensive body of work is found in “Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System” and will be highlighted by Dr. Ken Kizer, MD, Chair, and Dennis Wagner, Member, of the NASEM Committee on Organ Transplants.

By attending this session you will:

  • Obtain greater awareness of the impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on People Undergoing Dialysis or Organ Transplants
  • Be able to strategically addresses the disparities that have occurred in organ transplants
  • Implement changes to address health equity in kidney transplants


Moderator: Pat Merryweather,-Arges,  MA, Executive Director, Project Patient Care, Board Director and Program Co-Director, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Billings Society Fellow

Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH., Chair of NASEM Organ Committee;  Chief Health Care Transformation Officer and Senior Executive Vice President for Atlas Research. 

Dennis Wagner, MPA, Member of NASEM Organ Committee; Principal and Managing Director for Yes And Leadership, LLC 

Precious McCowan, PhD Candidate, Patient Advocate, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas, TX 

Suggested Reading

Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 

End Stage Kidney Disease DoublesBridget M. Kuehn, MSJJAMA. 2022;327(16):1540. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.5342


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