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To support ongoing COVID-19 information and education needs in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network community,  the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) is facilitating a series of COVID-19 educational events.  These recurring webinar events will feature professional and patient subject matter experts from around the country sharing how they or their organizations are coping with and combatting COVID-19 in their areas of practice.

You can register for Provider or Patient events below.  Previous event recordings will be available in the accordions at the bottom of this page.  

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Upcoming Patient Event

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Exploring the Immediate and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

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Presenters:

Patrick Gee, Ph.D. - Kidney Transplant Recipient, NPFE-LAN Legacy SME, Patient Advisory Committee - Quality Insights Renal Network 5
Tina Gee - Care Partner, NPFE-LAN SME

Biographies:

Patrick Gee is a kidney transplant recipient from North Chesterfield, VA. He received a kidney transplant in April 2017. Since his diagnosis of end stage renal disease (ESRD), Patrick has become a patient/healthcare activist, fighting for a better healthcare system and better quality of life for those suffering from chronic illness. He volunteers with the Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Patient Advisory Committee, serves as a Field Ambassador for the American Association of Kidney Patients; subject matter expert (SME) for the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program and for the ESRD NCC Legacy Program.

Tina Gee has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Tina works for the United States Marshal Services as the Assistant Chief of Administration in Washington, DC. When Tina is not working, she enjoys volunteering and ministering in her community. She is a care partner to her husband, Patrick Gee, a kidney transplant recipient.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Share tips from survivors for thriving after a diagnosis of COVID-19. 
  • Discuss potential long-term impacts to patients from COVID-19.
  • Share methods of support.

Upcoming Provider Event

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned and Round Two

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One CEU will be provided for attending this meeting.

Presenter:

Kimberly Davis, RN - Director of Home Dialysis Therapies, Rogisin Institute

Biography:

Biography Coming Soon.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Review risk data from the first COVID experience.
  • Review population risk data to racil disparities.
  • Share experiences in mitigating risk in an operational home program.
  • Demostrate best practices developed during COVID.

On-Demand Training and Education Events

Expand an accordion below to access information on previous events, including slide decks and event recordings.

Provider-focused On-Demand Training and Education Events

Navigating the Holidays During COVID-19: Tips for Professionals

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Provided information on how to assess risks associated with holiday celebrations for professionals and their patients
  • Discussed creative solutions to minimize risk.
  • Increased coping strategies to reduce stress and burnout associated with the holidays and COVID-19.

Influenza, COVID-19, and Renal Disease

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Jeffrey Silvers, MD - Medical Director of Pharmacy and Infection Control, Sutter Health, Board of Directors Infectious Diseases Association of California, Advisory Board California Immunization Coalition

Biography:

Dr. Jeffrey Silvers is the Medical Director of Infection Control and Pharmacy for Sutter Health, where he serves as physician lead and expert on COVID-19 for the health care system. In this role, he works closely with the California Department of Public Health, where he serves on several advisory committees. After completing his medical training in the UCLA healthcare system, he and his wife moved to Northern California, where he spent 35 years caring for patients with complex infectious diseases. Dr. Silvers is on the board of directors for the Infectious Disease Association of California, the Advisory Council for the California Immunization Coalition, and has spoken nationally on immunizations.

Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Helped attendees understand the risk of influenza during a COVID-19 pandemic with CKD.
  • Reviewed the myths versus facts of influenza and the importance of getting immunized.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Challenges in an Ever-Changing Acute Dialysis Setting During a Pandemic

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Faith Lynch, MSN, RN, CNN - Nurse Manager, NYU Langone Health

Biography:

Faith Lynch is is the Clinical Nurse Manager for Acute Dialysis at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She has worked in nephrology nursing for 15 years in many different roles, and has experience serving patients with acute kidney injury as well as end stage renal disease. She is the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Acute Care Specialty Practice Network leader, and is also Chapter President for Long island. Ms. Lynch is an RN and has a master's degree in nursing leadership.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter will:

  • Share the nurse's perspective on experiences in an acute dialyis unit during COVID-19.
  • Review CDC guidelines implemented for acute dialysis.
  • Provide ideas and strategies to prepare dialysis units for future surges.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Managing COVID-19 in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Mary Gruel, RN, CDN - Education Coordinator at Tri-State Dialysis in Dubuque, IA

Biography:

Mary Gruel, RN, CDN has over thirty years of experience working in-center and acute hemodialysis. She earned her nursing degree from Northeast Iowa Community College in 1987 and became a Certified Dialysis Nurse in 2005. Currently, Mary serves as the Education Coordinator for three Tri-State Dialysis facilities in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed strategies used to manage patients and staff during COVID-19.
  • Explored policy updates that were implemented to accommodate the dialysis patient during COVID-19.
  • Outlined steps for action plan when a patient presents with a fever or symtpoms of COVID-19.

Organ Donation - Impacts of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Liz Lehr, BSN, MHA - Senior Vice President and Executive Director, LifeLink® Florida

Biography:

Liz Lehr has served as the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of LifeLink® of Florida since 2005. She joined the LifeLink® team as Assistant Executive Director in 1999. Liz earned her Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Helped attendees understand the impact of COVID-19 on deceased organ donation in the United States.
  • Communicated the impacts of COVID-19 on living and deceased kidney transplants in America.
  • Shared information on the various testing and screening used in donation and transplant as it related to COVID-19.

Living in a Multi-Generational Household

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Amy Goyer - Family and Caring Expert, AARP

Biography:

Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert, is also the author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving. A passionate champion for caregivers, she has been one her entire adult life, caring for her grandparents, parents and sister. Amy has more than 35 years of experience working in the field of aging, and she shares her personal caregiving journey as well as practical, actionable tips for caregivers in her columns and videos. She is a widely quoted media authority and a regular on NBC’s Today Show.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the challenges and benefits of multi-generational living.
  • Provided strategies for easing the challenges and maximizing the benefits of multi-generational living.
  • Examined the ways that COVID-19 is affecting those with these living arrangements.

Telemedicine in Nephrology

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Jerome Tannenbaum, MD, Ph.D, FACP - CEO, Sanderling Renal Services - Nashville, TN.

Biographies:

Jerome Tannenbaum, MD, PhD, FACP, is a nephrologist specialist in Nashville, TN with over 44 years of experience in the medical field. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). He is the founder, chairman, and the CEO of Sanderling Renal Services, which he co-founded with Deborah Tannenbaum and Dr. Rajeev Prasad in late 2012.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the history of telemedicine.
  • Identified the benefits of telemedicine.
  • Reviewed current technology used in telemedicine.
  • Explained the impact of COVID-19 on reimbursement.

Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era: The Bittersweet Combo

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Ashutosh Shukla, MD - Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced CKD and Home Dialysis Programs. Division of Nephrology, University of Florida

Biography:

Dr. Ashutosh Shukla is an associate professor and the Director of the advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and Home Dialysis Program with the Division of Nephrology at University of Florida (UF) and a staff physician with the North Florida South Georgia (NF/SG) Veteran Healthcare System (VHS). He also serves as the Chairperson of the National VA Peritoneal Dialysis Workgroup and the Co-Chair of the VA Peritoneal Dialysis Choice, Access and Quality Workgroups.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the current challenges of home dialysis.
  • Examined the short- and long-term benefits of the home dialysis in a pandemic.
  • Provided a practical guide to growing your home dialysis during the pandemic.

Challenges with Dialysis Access During COVID-19

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN - Quality Improvement Director, ESRD Network 13

Biography:

Lynda Ball has been recognized as a national and international vascular access expert. She has published over 30 articles on vascular access, participated in the Fistula First video "Cannulation of the Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF),” and authored the vascular access chapter in the new American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Core Curriculum. Her “On Course with Cannulation” workshop has been attended by more than 1,000 nurses and technicians across the country. Lynda is also past president of the ANNA.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Identified the differences between the dialysis access tier status of essential versus non-essential intervention.
  • Described assessment of a vascular access aneurysm to identify tier status.
  • Discussed nursing interventions for a patient with Steal Syndrome.

COVID-19: Separating Myths from Facts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Janice I.P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN, FASH - Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Director Emory Dialysis, Director of Telenephrology, and Clinical Specialist in Hypertension at Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division

Biography:

Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in Nephrology and Hypertension.  Dr. Lea’s research and clinical expertise are in Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Health Disparities, and Dialysis. She is a nationally-renowned expert in Hypertension - designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Lea also is designated a Master Clinician by Emory’s School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Telenephrology at Emory since 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Identify what are myths and what are facts about COVID-19.
  • Discuss the legitimate concerns associated with each myth.

Making Kidney Transplantation Possible During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. Richard V. Perez, MD - Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, University of California, UC Davis Health

Biography:

Dr. Richard V. Perez is an experienced transplant surgeon. His main interest is in kidney/pancreas transplantation and hemodialysis vascular access. Dr. Perez is a well-respected educator in the field of organ transplantation. His research interests focus on the expansion of the pool of deceased organs available for renal transplantation, and the role of inflammation in contributing to transplant outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter shared how UC Davis has continued to successfully transplant patients despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Caring for the Mind, Body, and Spirit During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Allison Vinson, LCSW - Regional Lead Social Worker (South Alabama and Florida Panhandle), Fresenius Medical Care
Lee Parrott, LCSW - Regional Lead Social Worker (Mississippi and East Louisiana), Fresenius Medical Care

Biographies:

Allison Vinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Lead Social Worker for the South Alabama and Florida Panhandle Region with Fresenius Kidney Care. She has been a Social Worker for the past 24 Years, and has worked for Fresenius for 9 of those years. She is on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Florida and the Florida Renal Association.

Lee Parrott has been in the dialysis field in Jackson, MS for 24 years as a social worker and is currently the Lead Social Worker for the FMC Mississippi/North East Louisiana Region.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared best practices for reducing stress.
  • Provided tips for physical and emotional self-care.
  • Demonstrated small activities that can be done each day for mental well-being.

COVID-19 and Infection Prevention

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Annette Hyde, RN, MA, APN - Facility Administrator, Quality Renal Consultants

Biography:

Annette Hyde is the facility administrator for Quality Renal Consultants, a group of independent Dialysis facilities in New York City. She is also a member of the leadership Committee of NorthHelp, New York City's federally funded Dialysis Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition. Ms. Hyde has been a practicing nurse specializing in nephrology and dialysis for over 28 years, with experience in hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed tips for educating staff and patients in infection control.
  • Shared effective strategies used in the organization to mazimize communication.

Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Lakeisha Jones, BSN - Vice President of Clinical Service, Concerto Renal Services
Alan Jenkins, RN, BSN - Regulatory & Quality Manager, Concerto Renal Services
Alice Hellebrand, MSN, RN, CNN - Chief Nursing Officer, Dialyze Direct
Thomas Schindler, RN - Director of Clinical Operations, Blue Central Group

Biographies:

LaKeisha Jones, is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Concerto, with 10+ years leading dialysis teams in both the chronic and subacute setting. Lakeisha has implemented clinical initiatives supported by evidence-based practice to help drive a strong clinical atmosphere and transform the patient experience.

Alan Jenkins is a Regulatory & Quality Manager with seven years of experience in the dialysis field. He specializes in regulatory guidance/quality measures and is responsible for the creation of plan of corrections, policies and procedures and assistance with state guided surveys through all markets at Concerto Renal Services.

Alice Hellebrand is the Chief Nursing Officer of Dialyze Direct and was past President of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA). She has been a practicing nurse specializing in nephrology and dialysis for over 30 years in multiple capacities ranging from direct caregiver to Director of Renal Service, Area Director and Education Specialist.

Thomas Schindler is the Director of Clinical Operations at Blue Central Group. Thomas currently oversees clinical operations including but not limited to: Risk Management, QAPI, Regulatory Compliance, and policy and procedure development for seven Skilled Nursing Facilities across Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Identified methods for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the nursing home setting.
  • Discussed the benefit of in-house dialysis related to minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Jennifer Andersen, RN - Clinical Nurse Educator, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Biography:

Jennifer Andersen has worked in home dialysis for over 10 years. Now at Avera McKennan Hospital, she transitioned into Quality and Education for both in center and home dialysis in 2019. She holds an Associates Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and is working to complete her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in December 2020.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the strategies used at Avera McKennan Hospital to cope with COVID-19 in the dialysis unit.
  • Shared stories of challenges unique to their facility population and regional demographics.
  • Outlined how aggressive mitigation strategies helped minimize COVID-19 exposure to patients and staff.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Resources for Dialysis Staff

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biography:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 infection prevention resources available for dialysis staff. Key topics included:

  • Frontline Staff Toolkit videos designed for staff who have frequent patient interactions and provide direct care in outpatient hemodialysis facilities.
  • Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool to prepare for the arrival and treatment of patients with COVID-19.
  • Additional COVID-19 web resources.

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) COVID-19 Response

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Alan Kliger, MD - Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vice President, Chief Quality Offer, Yale New Haven Health System

Biography:

Dr. Alan Kliger is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of the Yale New Haven Health System. He formerly served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven Connecticut. He is a past president of the Renal Physicians Association, and serves on its Quality, Safety, and Accountability Committee. Dr. Kliger is a past president of the Forum of ESRD Networks. He is also chairman of the steering committee for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Frequent Hemodialysis Study, a national prospective randomized study of in-center daily and home nocturnal hemodialysis

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter will review resources being used by the American Society of Nephrologists to educate the community about COVID-19.


Provider Preparation for Hurricane Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Manager

Biography:

Keely Lenoir has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare emergency management. Ms. Lenoir currently serves as the KCER program manager, providing technical assistance and support related to emergency management to ESRD Networks, providers, patients, and other stakeholders. She is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. Ms. Lenoir has worked closely with partners from across the country to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health across all phases of emergency management.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Offered tips for providers to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season.
  • Shared how COVID-19 may impact facility planning this year.
  • Offered KCER resources for additional facility planning support.

Combating Uncertainty and Fear in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Laura Cooley, PhD - The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH)

Biography:

Dr. Laura Cooley leads efforts for outreach and development for The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). ACH is a non-profit organization with mission of improving healthcare through education, research, and practice that focuses on communication and relationships with patients, families, and healthcare teams. Dr. Cooley also serves the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Patient Experience. Additionally, she holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed physical and emotional barriers to effective communication
  • Shared simple techniques to increase presence and improve communication and connection skills with patients.

What to Do and Say to Support Psychological Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Barbara Balik, Co-Founder of Aefina Partners - Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Biography:

Barbara Balik, RN, EdD, is the Co-Founder of Aefina Partners, a Senior Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a former member of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Advisors and faculty for Arizona State University's Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership. Using a human-centered co-design approach, she works with healthcare leaders to generate flourishing cultures and exceptional outcomes by integrating patient/family experience, quality, safety, and joy in work.

Presentation Objectives:

During this presentation, the presenter described leadership behaviors for psychological safety.


Pathways to Increase Nephrologist Comfort Managing Home Dialysis Patients During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Tushar Chopra, MD, FASN

Biography:

Tushar Chopra, M.D., FASN is the medical director of University of Virginia Staunton Dialysis unit in Staunton, Virginia, and is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Virginia Health System. He serves on the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia's Medical Advisory Board and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition ESRD Network 5 Medical Review Board.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed challenges and opportunities for nephrology teams to better manage home dialysis patients during a pandemic
  • Answered questions from attendees on managing patient infection risk and treatment options

How Dialysis Staff Can Help Patients Maintain Emotional Well-being During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD

Biographies:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the vulnerability of ESRD patients to COVID-19, particularly emotional distress and lack of communication with health care teams.
  • Shared how the kidney care team can empower patients to maintain emotional well-being during COVID-19

Optimal Transition of Patients into Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Leonid Pravoverov, MD
Sijie Zheng, MD, PhD, FASN

Biographies:

Dr. Leonid Pravoverov joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2004. He has held multiple leadership positions, including Chief of Nephrology Services in East Bay, Medical Director of ESRD Services for Kaiser Northern California, as well as Chair of Interregional Nephrology Group for Kaiser Federation.

Dr. Sijie Zheng is the Assistant Chief in the Department of Nephrology at Kaiser Permanente East Bay. He is the medical director of the Wellbound Emeryville home dialysis clinic. He currently is working with the Kaiser Permanente Interregional Nephrology group and KPNC Division of Research in research and education of care coordination in CKD and ESRD management.p>

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed potential future stresses on outpatient dialysis facility capacity
  • Outlined ways to maintain and/or enhance transitional services
  • Identified best practices for home dialysis clinics

Dialysis Provision and COVID-19 Disease

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Suzanne Watnick, MD
Liz McNamara, MN, RN

Biography:

Suzanne Watnick, MD is the Chief Medical Officer in Administration at Northwest Kidney Centers.

Liz McNamara, MN, RN, is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO in Administration at Northwest Kidney Centers.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the three guiding principles that Northwest Kidney Centers has used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operationalizing Telehealth at the Nephrology Practice

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

David Arrieta, MBA

Biography:

David Arrieta has worked for more than 20 years as both administrator and independent consultant in the health care field. As the CFOO of Nephrology Associates in Nashville, TN, he has overseen a transition to over 85% telehealth office outpatient visits in less than 48 hours. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed telehealth from an administrative standpoint.
  • Shared information on process planning and telehealth workflows.

COVID-19 and Telehealth

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. Christos Argyropoulos, University of New Mexico

Biography:

Dr Christos Argyropoulos has worked for the University of New Mexico since 2014 and has been the Division Chief of Nephrology since 2017.  In addition to his role with the University of New Mexico, he  is currently the Medical Director for two dialysis clinics in rural New Mexico, overseeing the in-center and home dialysis programs for these facilities.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Shared new telehealth strategies put in place as a result of COVID-19 to conduct rounds at dialysis clinics.

Patient-focused On-Demand Training and Education Events

Patient Screening for COVID-19: Why Your Responses Are Important

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Dexter Rogers - Dialysis Patient
Brianna Smith, BSHCA, CPHQ - Quality Improvement Coordinator, Comagine Health ESRD Networks 16 and 18
Catina Strode, RN - Director of Clinical Services, Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center

Biographies:

Dexter Rogers is a retired teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Rogers taught 9th and 12th grade English for 21 years. Prior to his teaching career, he played professional volleyball for 6 years for the USA National Team. He also played professionally in Italy and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Rogers was a part of the 1996 USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball team in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Rogers was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2019. He is an in-center hemodialysis patient. In his spare time, he coaches club volleyball which travels around the country.

Brianna Smith is a Quality Improvement Coordinator for the ESRD Networks 16 and 18. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality with over 10 years of clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of different scopes of practice in various clinical settings. Throughout her career she has leveraged her diverse clinical expertise, knowledge of risk management, and passion for patient safety to guide organizations to utilize a team-based patient centric approach to improve healthcare quality for patients across the healthcare continuum. 

Catina Strode is an RN who serves as the Director of Clinical Services at the Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center based out of Bremerton, Washington.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Provide tips for overcoming COVID-19 screening fatigue.
  • Help identify patients’ potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Provide guidance to determine if a patient needs to be treated in a COVID-19 cohort clinic or shift.
  • Discuss how to improve responses and engagement with COVID-19 screenings.

Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Identified methods for preparing for the holidays during COVID-19
  • Helped individuals recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Discussed methods to find support

Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Identified methods for preparing for the holidays during COVID-19
  • Helped individuals recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Discussed methods to find support

COVID-19 vs Flu: Breaking Down the Differences

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. David B. Van Wyck - Vice President of Clinical Support Services, DaVita Kidney Care

Biography:

David B. Van Wyck, MD, is Vice President of Clinical Support Services at DaVita Kidney Care. He serves as the Physician Executive for the DaVita Patient Safety Organization, and is also Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he received his medical degree and completed his residency and subspecialty training.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the importance of the flu vaccine.
  • Defined the differences between the flu and COVID-19.
  • Helped patients understand how to protect themselves against the flu and COVID-19.

Receiving a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Eva Tak - Patient Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Transplant Recipient
Brenda Shephard, RN - Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator, University of Virginia Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center

Biographies:

Eva Tak, was diagnosed with systemic lupus (SLE) IN 1984. She lives in Northern California and has used peritoneal dialysis, in-center hemodialysis, home nocturnal hemodialysis, and solo home hemodialysis. Eva recently received a kidney transplant. Eva volunteers with the ESRD Network 17 and the National Patient and Family  Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) as an SME.

Barbara Shephard, RN is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator. For the past seven years, she has worked as the Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator for the University of Virginia (UVA) Kidney Transplant Program. In this role, Barbara visits dialysis units and physician practices to provide coordination of care. She has been with the UVA Transplant Program since 1991. During her time with the UVA Transplant Program, she has provided pre- and post-transplant care for kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared a patient's perspective for receiving a kidney transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discussed a transplant center's procedures during COVID-19
  • Helped patients understand how to prepare for a kidney transplant during COVID-19

Tips for Effective Telemedicine Visits with Your Healthcare Team

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Jonathan Segal, MD - Associate Professor, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan.

Biography:

Jonathan Segal, MD is nephrologist who has been providing care for patients with kidney disease for 20 years.  He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and is currently the Director of the Kidney Epidemiology Cost Center at University of Michigan, where he helps develop quality measures for dialysis facilities.  Dr. Segal is active in the kidney community, volunteering with the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and Midwest Kidney Network ESRD Network 11.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Offered a doctor's perspective on what makes an effective telemedicine visit.
  • Discussed various health services that can be provided using telemedicine.

Choosing a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

William Senior, III - Patient Subject Matter Expert
Sherry McCormick - Patient Subject Matter Expert

Biographies:

Sherry McCormick lives in Missouri and is with QSource ESRD Network 12. She is currently using home hemodialysis and started volunteering with the National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) in 2020.

William (Bill) Seniorl is from New Jersey and is with Quality Insights Renal Network 3. Bill has been involved with the NPFE-LAN for almost 5 years.  He is currently using in-center hemodialysis.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Shared the patient perspective on choosing to go on the transplant waitlist during COVID-19.
  • Discussed the perspective of the patient on receiving the call for a kidney.
  • Shared information about transplant center procedures during COVID-19.

COVID-19: Staying Safe in a Multigenerational Home

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Riquelen Ngumezi, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Manager, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Anne Pugh, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Manager, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Derek Forfang - Patient Subject Matter Expert, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Kari Esser - Patient Subject Matter Expert, HSAG ESRD Network 17

Biographies:

Riquelen Ngumezi is a Licensed Clinic Social Worker in California who has been in the Patient Services Department with the HSAG ESRD Network 17 since 2013. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has 20 years of experience in mental health, geriatric, and medical social work, 14 of which are in dialysis and transplant care.

Anne Pugh is a Patient Services Manager at HSAG ESRD Network 17. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including seven years in patient services for the Networks. She is also a skilled Perinatal Social Worker, employed by Sutter Heath’s Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Provided a definition/example of a multigenerational home.
  • Listed common needs and ideas to make multigenerational living work.
  • Gave tips on how to care for someone in a multigenerational home who has COVID-19.
  • Provided personal percspectives as kidney patients living in multigenerational households.

Health and Safety at Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW - Patient Services Director, ESRD Network 16
Gary Moore - NPFE-LAN Legacy Subject Matter Expert, ESRD Network 16
Lonnie Green - NPFE-LAN Subject Matter Expert, ESRD Network 6

Biographies:

Lisa Hall has been the Patient Services Director for ESRD Network 16 since 2010. Prior to that, she served as Patient Services Director for ESRD Network 7. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and presents nationally on vocational rehabilitation, emergency preparedness, ethics, conflict resolution, social media, and psychosocial/spiritual impact of kidney disease. Lisa has served as a leader/advisor to the CNSW Executive Committee, the KCER Coalition, and the Journal of Nephrology Social Work.

Gary Moore is a husband, father, professional rope splicer, and avid music lover from Anchorage, Alaska. He’s also a peritoneal dialysis patient. Gary is active in the kidney community, volunteering with the ESRD Network 16 Patient Advisory Committee, ESRD NCC National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network, and the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program.

Lonnie Green is a in-center hemodialysis patient from Atlanta, Georgia who began dialysis in 1998. He’s an active member on the ESRD National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network as well as the ESRD Network 6 Patient Advisory Committee.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Provided workplace health and safety tips.
  • Reviewed rehabiliation and employment services available for kidney patients.
  • Shared patient work experiences during pandemic.

COVID-19: Separating Myths From Facts

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Janice I.P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN, FASH - Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Director Emory Dialysis, Director of Telenephrology, and Clinical Specialist in Hypertension at Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division

Biography:

Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in Nephrology and Hypertension.  Dr. Lea’s research and clinical expertise are in Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Health Disparities, and Dialysis. She is a nationally-renowned expert in Hypertension - designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Lea also is designated a Master Clinician by Emory’s School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Telenephrology at Emory since 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will identify what are myths and what are facts about COVID-19 and discuss the legitimate concerns associated with each myth.


COVID-19 Information Overload? Tips for Keeping Your Head Above Water

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW - Assistant Professor of Social Work, Western Carolina University
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD - Associate Research Professor, George Washington Unviversity

Biography:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters discussed recognizing the symptoms of anxiety and stress, and also provided exercises individual and families can do to relieve stress.


Dialysis Access Care During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Lynda K. Ball, MSN, RN, CNN - Quality Improvement Director, Health Services Advisory Group ESRD Network 13
Julie Glennon - Hemodialysis Patient

Biography:

Recognized as a national and international vascular access expert, Lynda Ball has published over 30 articles on vascular access. She participated in the Fistula First video "Cannulation of the Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF),” authored a cannulation chapter in a surgeon textbook, and also wrote the vascular access chapter in the new ANNA Core Curriculum. Her “On Course with Cannulation” workshop has been attended by more than 1,000 nurses and technicians across the country. Lynda is also the past president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA).

Julie Glennon lives in Florida, and has been living with renal disease for more than 30 years. She currently is using in-center hemodialysis and has also experienced living with a kidney transplant.

 

is a Hemodialysis Patient.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed tips on how to avoid hospitalizations.
  • Demonstrated what to look for regarding a properly functioning access.
  • Talked about what to do if you think you have an infection.

COVID-19: Stop the Spread of Germs and Protect Yourself

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biographies:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters discussed:

  • How COVID-19 is spread.
  • How can kidney patients protect themselves from the virus.
  • The importance of following your treatment plan.

Surviving and Coping with the Aftermath of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Patrick Gee, Ph.D - Kidney Transplant Recipient, NPFE-LAN Legacy Subject Matter Expert
Susan Cooper, LCSW - Home Dialysis of Santa Fe

Biography:

Patrick Gee is a kidney transplant recipient from North Chesterfield, VA. He received a kidney transplant in April 2017. Since his diagnosis of end stage renal disease, Patrick has become a patient/healthcare activist, fighting for a better healthcare system and better quality of life for those suffering from chronic illness.

Susan Cooper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in dialysis for 10 years in both New Mexico and Florida. Susan is a member of the ESRD Network 15 Medical Review Board. She lives in Santa Fe and works in a transitional care unit called Home Dialysis of Santa Fe.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters

  • Shared first person experiences of living with COVID-19
  • Provided tips on coping with loss due to COVID-19

Kidney Patient Financial Help: Before, During, and After COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Michael Spigler - Vice President of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education, American Kidney Fund (AKF)

Biography:

Mike Spigler has served as vice president of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education for the American Kidney Fund (AKF) since July 2015. Mr. Spigler oversees a spectrum of programs and services: prevention activities, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance that enables kidney patients to access life saving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. Mr. Spigler has more than 20 years of experience in creating and managing health education programs for a multitude of chronic health conditions.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the patient financial assistance programs available through the American Kidney Fund;
  • Shared methods for selecting and applying for financial assistance and grants.

How Facilities are Keeping Patients Safe from COVID-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biographies:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters addressed changes you may see at the dialysis facility during the COVID-19 pandemic, and explained how these changes help prevent infections and keep patients safe. Key topics included:

  • Use of facemasks and cloth face coverings
  • The importance of limiting non-essential staff and visitors at the facility
  • Tips for speaking up about care

Considering Home Dialysis During a COVID-19 Environment

Tuesday, June 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Donna DeBello, RN - Quality Improvement Director, Florida ESRD Network 7
Nieltje Gedney - Home Dialyzors United

Biographies:

Donna DeBello, RN, has 25 years of experience as a nurse in renal healthcare. She specialized in developing and supporting home dialysis programs in addition to providing early education and options education to patients, family members, dialysis staff, hospital discharge planners, and physicians.

Nieltje Gedney is current Treasurer and past Vice President of Home Dialyzor’s United. She spent 20 years avoiding dialysis, and then found herself in the ER, crashing, and placed on emergency hemodialysis. After starting home hemodialysis, she felt great.  Active on the Policy and Advocacy Committee, she has spoken at numerous events including the Alliance for Home Dialysis, American Kidney Fund, National Kidney Foundation, SONG, Annual Dialysis Conference, The Kidney Project and Kidney Health Initiative (KHI).  She is a contributor at Kidney Views Blog, CJASN, and Seminars in Nephrology as well.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Described the benefits of in-center hemodialysis and home dialysis during the COVID-19 environment.
  • Shared methods for using telemedicine with home dialysis treatments.
  • Discussed real world experiences with home dialysis treatments for other to put to use.

Preparing for Hurricane Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Manager

Biography:

Keely Lenoir has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare emergency management. Ms. Lenoir currently serves as the KCER program manager, providing technical assistance and support related to emergency management to ESRD Networks, providers, patients, and other stakeholders. She is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. Ms. Lenoir has worked closely with partners from across the country to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health across all phases of emergency management.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Offered tips for preparing for the 2020 hurricane season.
  • Shared how COVID-19 may impact your planning this year.
  • Offered KCER resources for additional support.

Combatiendo la incertidumbre y el miedo en la era COVID-19

Martes 26 de mayo de 2020 - 5:00 p.m. a 5:30 p.m. ET

Presentador:

Otilia Fonseca - Experta en materia de pacientes NPFE-LAN, ESRD 7
Dany Anchia - Quality Improvement Director, ESRD Network of Texas

Biografia:

Otilia Fonseca fue diagnosticada con enfermedad renal en 2011 y actualmente es paciente de diálisis peritoneal. Otilia es embajadora de la Depresión y la Alianza de Apoyo Bipolar, la Red ESRD de Florida 7, y también es experta en la materia de la ESRD NCC NPFE-LAN. Antes de retirarse, trabajó como consultora de rehabilitación vocacional para la Oficina de Servicios de Rehabilitación y Reempleo del Estado de Florida. En su tiempo libre, le gusta ir al teatro y conciertos, escuchar jazz y pasar tiempo con su familia y amigos.

Objetivos de presentación:

El presentadores:

  • Comparta cómo los pacientes de habla hispana están lidiando con los temores que rodean a COVID-19
  • Proporcionar enlaces a la información de COVID-19 en español

Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Kidney Caregivers

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Natasha Bress, Family Subject Matter Expert - ESRD Network 6
Renee Bova-Collis, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Director, ESRD Network 5

Biography:

Natasha Bress is the care partner to her husband who is a home hemodialysis patient. They have been married for over 8 years. Natasha is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Property Manager in North Carolina. She enjoys playing with their dog, Colby Jack, and reading in her spare time. She admits her biggest accomplishment was finding her husband and realizing love was real.

Renée Bova-Collis, MSW, LCSW is the Patient Services Director for Quality Insights Renal Network 5 and has 13 years’ experience in dialysis facilities as a social worker. In her personal life, she was the primary caregiver for both of her parents until their deaths from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Currently, she cares for two delightful fuzzy kitties with minimal health issues, and is a partner to a fairly tolerant spouse who is always crying about something.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Empowered kidney caregivers to cope with COVID-19
  • Shared tips for caregivers on supporting themselves and their loved ones
  • Discussed real-world caregiver experience for others to learn from

Preparing for a Kidney Transplant During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Precious McCowan - Legacy SME
Lisa Rodriguez, RN - Transplant Coordinator, UC Davis Health Systems Transplant Center

Biographies:

Precious McCowan is a two-time kidney transplant recipient. She was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010, and received her first kidney and pancreas transplant the same year. When that kidney failed after seven months, Precious received in-center hemodialysis for eight years during which time she started her patient advocacy journey. Precious received her second kidney transplant in April 2019.

Lisa Rodriguez is the Transplant Coordinator Kidney Outreach Nurse at UC Davis Transplant Center in Sacramento, CA.  Her experience includes inpatient kidney transplant surgery, post-operative care, and living donor surgery post-care. Ms. Rodriguez has a special interest in educating Hispanic patients in her community understand the kidney transplant process.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared tips on what patients can do to prepare for kidney transplantation
  • Discussed preparation strategies to use during COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing

Maintaining Emotional Balance in an Unbalancing Time

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD

Biographies:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Empowered patients to cope with COVID-19
  • Discussed ways to recognize the signs of depression and/or anxiety
  • Provided tips on where patients can seek help if needed

Remaining Connected While Practicing Social Distancing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Dawn Edwards, Patient Subject Matter Expert
Janice Starling, Patient Subject Matter Expert
National Patient and Family Engagment Learning and Action Network

Biographies:

Dawn Edwards is the CEO of New York State CKD Champions, which is the advocacy and education group she was instrumental in founding. Dawn was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1992 and is currently using nocturnal home hemodialysis. She has also done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and short daily home hemodialysis. Dawn’s biggest accomplishment was reinventing herself after mastering home hemodialysis, starting New York State CKD Champions, and reentering the work force as a Home Dialysis Advocate.

Janice Starling is the Founder of the nonprofit, All Kidney Patients Support Group, based in Florida. It was established in 2009 to support kidney patients at various stages of dialysis and transplantation. Janice was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000 and has done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis. In December 2013, she received a kidney transplant. Janice’s lifetime goals consist of bringing about continued awareness, education and advocacy about End Stage Renal Disease.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared creative methods for remaining connected with other ESRD patients in a COVID-19 environment
  • Discussed real-world experiences for others to put to use.

Discussing the Importance of Maintaining Diet During COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Carolyn Feibig, MS, RD, LDN

Biography:

Carolyn Feibig has been a dietitian in the Washington, DC area since 2011 and currently serves as the Kidney Transplant Dietitian at The George Washington University Hospital. She volunteers with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and was NKF’s 2018 Regional Recognized Renal Dietitian Award winner for the Southeastern region of the US. She is also on the NKF’s Capital Area Medical Advisory Board and Patient Education Committee. Carolyn is a frequent speaker for the American Kidney Fund (AKF), and wrote the nutrition content for AKF’s website. She presented at the 2018 American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) National Conference and was a member of the AAKP’s policy summit in Washington DC 2019. Carolyn also teaches renal nutrition to Virginia Tech - DC Campus and Mid-Atlantic Sodexo dietetic interns.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Shared ideas to help people with kidney disease stay healthy in a COVID-19 world.
  • Discussed solutions for food preparation and food delivery safety concerns.

Using Telehealth to Visit with Your Doctor

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Howard A. Bendell - Transplant Recipient
Alyssa Souza - Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse

Biography:

Howard A. Bendell is a former in-center hemodialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient. Mr. Bendell was on dialysis for four years before receiving a kidney transplant.  He is a registered resort professional and past director of the American Resort Development Association.  He graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He now lives in Miami, Florida.

Alyssa Souza is a peritoneal dialysis nurse at Crystal River Dialysis Center in Crystal River, Florida. She started her dialysis career in 2016 as an in-center hemodialysis nurse before transitioning to PD. Mrs. Souza says she her home patients are her priority and although they are home, she tries to make sure they know they are not alone. Mrs. Souza enjoys implementing evidence based-practices and new research into everyday care. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Defined audiences that could potentially benefit from telehealth technology
  • Identified ways that telehealth can limit patient exposure to COVID-19
  • Listed benefits - and challenges - of telemedicine