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National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies

NKF or NKFALL

Organizational Information

Parent Organization

National Kidney Foundation, Inc.

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the United States dedicated to the AWARENESS, PREVENTION and TREATMENT of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of people at risk. NKF develops and implements a full range of educational resources for health care professionals, patients, and the general public, including individuals at risk for kidney disease. We also provide valuable ongoing services to patients, transplant recipients, living donors and donor families.

History of Organization

The NKF Serving the Alleghenies was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned people who wanted to increase awareness of kidney and urinary tract diseases and work toward finding a cure. Today, we are a regional office of the National Kidney Foundation and have eight staff working in Western Pennsylvania. We have a volunteer fundraising Board of Directors made up of patients and their families, business leaders, community activists, physicians, nurses, and others who are committed to working towards our common mission, which is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. The territory of the NKF Serving the Alleghenies includes 33 counties in western Pennsylvania from Erie to the southern state line and east to DuBois. We also serve 47 counties West Virginia. Over 100 dialysis clinics and nearly 6,000 patients depend on us each year for information, services, and support. Additionally, the NKF Serving the Alleghenies is a leader in educating individuals about kidney disease through health fairs, professional education, school programs, and special events. All programs and services offered by the NKF Serving the Alleghenies are made possible through the generous support of individuals, companies, and foundations who are interested in & Taking Kidney and Urinary Diseases From Treatment to Cure!

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Erin Tuladzieck -  Executive Director
800-261-4115
412-261-4115
412-261-1405
erin.tuladzieck@kidney.org

Contact Person(s)

Holly Turkovic - Senior Community Outreach Manager
412-261-4115 ext. 759
holly.turkovic@kidney.org

Contact Number(s)

800.261.4115 - Toll-free

Contact Email(s)

erin.tuladzieck@kidney.org - Executive Director

Web Addresses

www.kidneyall.org

Primary Address

National Kidney Foundation
2403 Sidney Street
Suite 230
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203

Service Information

Service Area

Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Service Description

Your Kidneys & You - The National Kidney Foundation's Your Kidneys & You program was developed to raise awareness among the general public and individuals at risk for kidney disease by educating them about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and what can be done to protect kidneys.

Professional Education - NKF's Continuing Medical Education Program aims to provide all members of the kidney health care community with current, state-of-the-art scientific information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in order to improve the care of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD). NKF offers the following professional learning opportunities that you can recommend to your local clinicians in multiple disciplines/specialties. All of NKF's professional education opportunities are created by NKF's Kidney Learning Solutions (KLS)®, which is dedicated to creating accurate, unbiased, and scientifically sound educational tools related to kidney disease, its risk factors, complications, comorbidities, treatment and therapies.

NKF Cares - NKF's patient hotline offers support for people affected by kidney disease, organ donation or transplantation. It's dedicated to patients, family members, and caregivers who are able to speak with a trained professional ready to answer questions and address concerns. The toll-free phone number is 1-855-NKF-Cares (653-2273).

PEERS Lending Support - PEERS is a national, telephone-based peer support program from the National Kidney Foundation that connects people who want support with someone who has been there before. This program is designed to help people adjust to living with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or a kidney transplant. The toll-free phone number is 1-855-NKF-PEER (653-7337).

Transportation - Pennsylvania residents who meet eligibility requirements are reimbursed for a portion of the transportation costs associated with traveling to and from dialysis treatment at a clinic three times a week. This program is run in collaboration with, and within the guidelines of, the Pennsylvania State Renal Disease Program.

Big Ask, Big Give Living Donation Program Are you a kidney patient — a family member or friend of one who wants to learn more about getting a kidney transplant? Or are you interested in learning more about donating a kidney to someone in need of a transplant? In this free webinar from the National Kidney Foundation, you’ll: Learn what’s involved in receiving a kidney transplant. Find out what you need to know if you’re thinking about donating a kidney. Hear personal stories from kidney transplant recipients and living donors.

NKF Patient Network The NKF Patient Network is the first nationwide kidney disease patient registry developed with the overall goal of improving the lives of people with kidney disease through research, clinical care, drug development, and supportive health policy decisions. We believe the best way to achieve this is by partnering with kidney patients like YOU—the Network is a place to transform kidney care and research together! The NKF Patient Network offers a secure portal that you can log on to at any time to easily share your experiences and health data that, in turn, helps with research that supports the entire kidney disease community. You can choose to manually enter your information or link it, with permission, to your medical records. By sharing your information and providing feedback through surveys about your condition and healthcare experiences, both doctors and scientists will be able to better understand your care and create research that focuses on what you need. Click here to learn more: https://www.kidney.org/nkfpatientnetwork

Keywords

Kidney Disease National Kidney Foundation Dialysis Transplant Living donor Kidney Health Diabetes High blood pressure kidney health

Available Hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Answering machine on 24 hours

Fees/Cost for Services

None

Eligibility Requirements

Social worker or physician referral for special programs: Medical Alert Jewelry and Transportation Assistance.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Please feel free to reach out to info@kidneyall.org at anytime.

Miscellaneous Information

Speaker Available

Yes

Volunteer Use

Yes

Volunteer Need

Yes

Volunteer Description

There is no "us" without "you". Give, volunteer, or advocate to help win the fight against kidney disease. Volunteering with the NKF gives you a chance to be a part of our ongoing effort to help the 37 million Americans with kidney disease live richer, fuller lives. Help us to raise awareness about early detection, risk factors, and the importance of organ donation. What Can You Do? The NKF needs people of all ages and interests! Volunteer opportunities include: -Special Events - pre event help with auction basket creation and day of help with logistics -Serving on local boards and event committees -Consider sharing your story and become an NKF Mission Moment Presenter -Serving on program development committees -Share a special talent, story or gift with our kidney community Contact holly.turkovic@kidney.org for more information.