KCER Watch Newsletter
The KCER Watch Newsletter was developed to promote timely and relevant emergency preparedness education and information to the renal community, including important news and events from the emergency management field. The March edition of KCER Watch focuses on the national response to the coronavirus, flood safety and preparedness, and money matters in disaster planning.

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In This Issue

  • Celebrate National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day

  • March Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)

  • ESRD Patients Shine a Light on Kidney Disease at 2020 CMS Quality Conference

  • Patient Grant Library and Internet Safety

  • KCER Watch Newsletter: Coronavirus Updates
Celebrate National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day
To help raise awareness of kidney disease and the critical need of organ donors, the ESRD NCC is conducting a social media campaign throughout the month to spread awareness. Our patient volunteers wore orange, took candid pictures, and submitted short statements for why all Americans should ask their doctors for a kidney checkup. 
“Like” the ESRD NCC on Facebook and “Follow” @ESRDNCC on Twitter to follow all the ESRD NCC National Kidney Month activities.
Quality Improvement
Implementation of November 2019 QIA LAN Interventions
The following table provides an overview of the reported implementation rates for the interventions shared during November’s QIA LANs. The data were collected from the following question on the January post-LAN evaluation: “If you attended the November meeting or listened to the recording, which of the following QIA LAN interventions did you implement?” Respondents were asked to select all that applied.
ESRD Patients Shine a Light on Kidney Disease at 2020 CMS Quality Conference
A record-breaking 38 ESRD NCC patient SMEs participated in the CMS Quality Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, from February 25 to 27, 2020. Attendance was strong, as more than 3,000 patients and healthcare professionals participated in the meeting. Robust patient involvement was featured throughout the conference as panelists, session moderators, and even in the Opening Plenary with CMS’ Jean Moody-Williams, Acting Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.
Patient SME at Opening Plenary
38 ESRD NCC Patient SMEs Participated in the CMS Quality Conference
Patient and Family Engagement
Patient Grant Library and Internet Safety

The ESRD NCC Patient Grant Library has what you need to help find the grant that’s right for you. It also offers links to sources for writing a proposal, creating a budget, and submitting an application. Visitors to the ESRD Patient Grant Library can learn about Internet safety and how to keep their information safe online. There are tutorials designed to help you better understand Internet language, common privacy terms, and how to avoid scams.
Mark Your Calendar
Due to the spread of COVID-19,
organizations are encouraged to cancel all in-person events.
March 2020

March 1–31, National Kidney Month
For people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure or heart disease, there is a greater risk for kidney disease. Conversations with healthcare providers are important. Share this link to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website with anyone at risk to start the conversation.

March 1–31, Social Worker Month
Happy Social Work Month! Nephrology social workers are important members of the healthcare team because they help patients reach their fullest potential emotionally, socially, vocationally, and physically. Learn more about th e role of a renal social worker at the American Association of Kidney Patients website.

March 1 31, National Nutrition Month
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates each year in March, National Nutrition Month focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Learn more

March 1 31, Save Your Vision Month
American Optometric Association celebrates Save Your Vision Month throughout March. Every waking minute, your eyes are working hard to see the world around us. Follow these five tips to help protect your vision .

March 30, National Doctor’s Day
The National Doctor's Day Organization hosts National Doctor’s Day each year on March 30. The day celebrates the contribution of physicians who serve the United States by caring for its citizens. Take a few moments today to say “thank you” to a doctor you know.

April 2020

April 1 30, National Donate Life Month
Happy National Donate Life Month . Donate Life America asks you to encourage Americans to register online as organ, eye, and tissue donors. It’s also a time to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of organ donation.

April 1 30, Move More Month
The American Heart Association encourages everyone to move more throughout the Move More Month . The approach is simple: eat smart, add color, be well, and of course, MOVE MORE! Find out how you can safely add more activity to your daily routine.

April 1 30, Occupational Therapy Month
The American Occupational Therapy Association highlight the role of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who help people do the things they want and need to do. They can help people live life to its fullest no matter their health condition, disability, or risk factors. Learn about occupational therapy .

April 1 30, Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Women have higher rates of eye disease such as cataract, glaucoma, and age-related macular degermation. Prevent Blindness® has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to educate women about these issues and provide recommendations on how to take care of your vision.

April 6 12, National Public Health Week
The American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the nation. This week join others in starting new conversations with neighbors and become advocates for positive change.

April 7, World Health Day
April 7 is World Health Day . The celebration creates awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is universal health coverage. WHO wants to ensure all people and communities have access to quality health services whenever they need it without suffering a financial hardship.

April 19 25, National Volunteer Week
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to volunteer in their communities. Visit the website Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals for resources to help promote participation in events and programs leading up to and throughout the week.

April 27 May 2, World Immunization Week
The World Health Organization National Immunization Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! The aim of the campaign is to celebrate Vaccine Heroes parents and community members to health workers and innovators who help ensure we are all protected through the power of vaccines.
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This material was prepared the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy nor imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. NW-ESRD NCC-7N51TB-03242020-01