Making Lives Better

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho uses a three branched approach to accomplishing its goal of “making lives better.”

Please take a moment to browse the and read about the various programs that we have in place.

Support Medical Research
Improving Quality Of Life for Kidney Patients
Educate Public On Kidney Health

Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP)

Basic Information
What? KEEP is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho for individuals with an increased risk of developing kidney disease.
Why? The two main causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure (almost 75%). Because kidney disease can be ‘silent’ until the very late stages it is advised that those at risk be screened. With added information and testing, you will be better prepared to discuss any risk factors as well as a treatment plan with your doctor that may prolong or prevent the need for dialysis or transplantation.
Who? You should attend a KEEP screening if you are 18 years or older and have one or more of the following: diabetes, high blood pressure, or a relative with high blood pressure or kidney disease.
When? Check our News and Events page for a date and location near you!
Tests? The following will be provided to you at the screening: height, weight, blood pressure, and blood tests. Blood tests will target the blood glucose (blood sugar), hemoglobin (test for anemia), serum creatine (blood filtering), and glomerular filtration rate (kidney function).
Follow-Up? The National Kidney Foundation will contact you with results.
How? To obtain more information on a Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) in your area, check the calendar of events on this website or call the office of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, 1-800-869-5277 (statewide) or 226-5111 (Utah County).

Kidney Disease Medical Research

More than 20 million Americans suffer from diseases of the kidney. Over 300,000 people need an artificial kidney (dialysis) machine in order to stay alive. More than 90,000 people are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. Nineteen people die each day while awaiting a transplant.

The ultimate goal of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho is the total eradication of diseases of the kidney. Support of scientific research regarding new methods of disease prevention and treatment is one of our leading priorities.

In the past 2 fiscal years (2014-2015 & 2015-2016), four separate grants have been awarded to scientists throughout the states of Utah and Idaho for the continuation of their substantive research projects:

  • Dr. Takahisa Masaki, Ph.D.
    “Inflammation and Vasuclar Access Stenosis.”
  • Dr. Raoul D. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
    “Application of COPAS to Polycystic Kidney Disease.”

The foundation continues to seek individual and foundation grants to support the NKF of Utah & Idaho Medical Research Endowment Fund, originally established by a gift from C.R. England, Inc.

In addition to sponsoring research aimed at combating kidney disease, the NKF of Utah & Idaho Medical Research Program assists in the training of the young physician scientists who conduct the studies. In planning for next year’s programs, application information for NKF of Utah & Idaho Research Grants, Post-doctoral Research Fellowships, Young Investigator Grants, NKF Matching Fellowship Grants, and Clinical Scientist Awards has been sent to Utah and Idaho health care professionals and facilities.

For more information on applying for a research grant contact Heidyn Mouritsen at the foundation office.

Help save a life — promote organ donation at work

US Department of Health and Human Services awards NKFU&I for outstanding participation in the workplace partnership for life program.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho has been the proud sponsor of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) program. The educational program, initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, calls on corporations, businesses and organizations of all sizes to share information about organ and tissue donation with their employees.

Recognizing and understanding the diversities among employees and worksites, WPFL takes a unique approach in helping to save lives by encouraging partners to identify for themselves the specific activities and strategies which they will implement to increase awareness. Tailoring the program to meet the needs of every participating organization is one of the many successes of the partnership.

WPFL provides up to date information, clears up myths with facts, and gives employees the opportunity to obtain information needed to make an educated decision about becoming a registered organ and tissue donor.

Professional Education: 2009 Continuing Medical Education Conference

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s annual professional education program is targeted to deliver practice guidelines, materials for implementation, and conferences that put state-of-the-art information about kidney disease and treatment into the hands of healthcare providers.

Kidney Learning Day: A Partnership Between Primary Care and Nephrology

Where? Doty Family Education Center, Intermountain Medical Center
When? Saturday, May 9, 2009 — 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Conference Program

7:30-7:55 Registration and Breakfast
7:55-8:00 Welcome – Harry Senekjian, MD, Course Director
8:00-8:30 When to Refer, Terrence Bjordahl, MD
8:30-9:00 Hematurai, Dave Tien, MD
9:00-9:30 Proteinuria, Dave Kohan, MD
9:30-10:00 Q & A Panel (with above faculty)
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Acute Kidney Injury, Alfred Cheung, MD
11:00-11:30 First, Do No Harm (Nephrotoxins), Martin Gregory, MD
11:30-12:00 Vitamin D, Harry Senekjian, MD
12:00-12:30 Q & A Panel (with above faculty)
12:30 Adjourn

This educational activity will provide 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Register at: www.intermountainhealthcare.org/cme/kidney2009

Contact: Call 800-869-5277 for further information.