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 Evaluation Program (KEP)

Basic Information
What? KEP 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 KEP 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 Evaluation Program (KEP) 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 fiscal year (2016/ 2017), two separate grants have been awarded to scientists throughout the states of Utah and Idaho for the continuation of their substantive research projects:

  • Dr. Monique E. Cho, M.D.
    “The Role of Iron in Systemic Complications of ESRD”
  • Dr. Isaac E. Hall, M.D., M.S.
    “Predicting Kidney Transplant Function with Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound”

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.

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