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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 30-minute events - known as "quickinars" - 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.  Be sure to download the COVID-19 Quickinar Events flyer and share it with your colleagues.

Upcoming Patient Event

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Combating Uncertainty and Fear in the COVID-19 Era
(En Español)

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Presenter:

Otilia Fonseca - NPFE-LAN Patient Subject Matter Expert, ESRD Network 7

Biography:

Otilia Fonseca was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2011 and is currently a peritoneal dialysis patient. Otilia is an ambassador for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The Florida ESRD Network 7, and is also a subject matter expert for the ESRD NCC NPFE-LAN. Before she retired, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation consultant for the State of Florida Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Services. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the theater and concerts, listening to jazz, and spending time with her family and friends.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will

  • Share how Spanish speaking patients are coping with fears surrounding COVID-19
  • Provide links to COVID-19 information in Spanish

Upcoming Provider Event

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

COVID-19 Communication – Quick Tips to Connect

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Presenter:

Laura Cooley, PhD

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:

Detailed objectives TBD


Previous Events

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

Past Provider-focused Events

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.

Previous Patient-focused Events

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