We’re United 4 Kidney Health is an awareness-building initiative led by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to educate nephrologists, other kidney health professionals, and scientists about the dramatic changes and new opportunities taking place in kidney care, research, and education and enhance their professional development, and training.
The communications initiative was designed after conducting comprehensive qualitative and quantitative studies of kidney health professionals, nephrologists, researchers, industry experts, and people living with kidney diseases. Our research showed that improved treatments to slow or stop the progression of kidney diseases is critically important. And there should also be a focus on repositioning nephrology as part of early detection and treatment, not just in the “failure” and “end-stage” aspects of kidney treatment.
We used the findings from our research to identify four priorities for our community to move from kidney diseases to kidney health:
1. INTERVENE EARLIER to prevent, diagnose, coordinate care, and educate.
2. TRANSFORM TRANSPLANT and increase access to donor kidneys.
3. ACCELERATE INNOVATION and expand patient choice.
4. ACHIEVE EQUITY and eliminate disparities.
“We’re United 4 Kidney Health” captures our goal of embracing early intervention and health over end-state treatment and diseases. The “4” references the four priorities that move us towards a world without kidney diseases.
American Society of Nephrology
Since 1966, ASN has been leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients. ASN has more than 21,000 members representing 131 countries. For more information, visit www.asn-online.org.