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Hope Week • RSN's National Online Patient Meeting

Join Us for RSN’s 2021 Hope Week, 28th Annual Patient Education Meeting • October 5 – 9, 2021
Five Educational and Hope-Filled Days!

For 28 years RSN has presented the Annual Patient Education Conference at no charge to people who have kidney disease and their families. Hope Week is a national, virtual event and we have expanded to five days. Each day will focus on a specific disease or treatment for kidney disease. Speakers will include healthcare professionals and people who have learned to live and thrive in spite of having kidney disease. Join us!

Topics are subject to change. There are no fees to attend but registration is required. To see the full agenda, click the “Learn More About the Topics” button below each date.

Help Support RSN with an Exhibit Booth During Hope Week!


Connect with and engage people from all over the United States October 5 – 9, 2021 as you share your innovations and services. You can provide information video and website links and a virtual hosts to greet your visitors during exhibit hours.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Motivational Presentation, Journey of CKD to Diagnosis – Knowledge is Power by Wendy Rodgers, M.Ed, MPH
  • Understanding Gout and what you can do about it by David Bruce Mount, MD
  • Choosing Foods to Meet Your Phosphorous Goal by Beth Morlang, RD, LDN, FNKF,
  • Visit Online Exhibits/Break Out/Scavenger Hunt, 15 minute of chair yoga with professional trainer Nicole Simpson
  • Cannabis, Kidney Care & Me Oh My! By Raffi Minaisan, MD
  • The Kidney Demystified – What Do They Do? by Madeline Pahl, MD
  • My BP is through roof – what to do? Mary Jo Godinich, MD

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Focus on Dialysis

  • Motivational Presentation, How I Got in Shape after my Kidneys Failed by Wilson Du
  • Understanding Secondary Hyperparathyroidism, its Treatment, and Possible Treatment Changes in 2021 by Debbie Drayer, Pharm.D.
  • Dialysis, Thirst and Weight Gains– What To do? by Dinesh Chatoth, MD
  • Visit Online Exhibits/Break Out/Scavenger Hunt, 15 minutes of Stretching with personal trainer Edina Tenacs
  • Itchy Itchy Makes Me *itchy by Dr. Geoffrey Block
  • Sleep Disturbances and Dialysis by Gail Dewald, RN, CNN
  • Patient Experience of Treatment Options Panel with Katherine Soto, Nietje Gedney, and Candria Denzmore

Thursday, Oct. 7
Focus on Kidney Transplantation

  • Motivational Speaker by Living Donor Ann Lopez
  • Signs Your Kidney Transplant is Happy and Healthy by Rafael Villicana, MD
  • Personalize your Kidney and Transplant Health with DNA Testing by Trudy McKanna, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor and Monica Johnson, MS, BSN, RN
  • Visit Online Exhibits/Break Out/Scavenger Hunt, 15 minute of chair yoga with professional trainer Nicole Simpson
  • Navigating Insurance & Medications Cher Thomas & Sasha Couch
  • Prevention, Proactivity and to Stay Cancer Free by Rafael Villicana, MD
  • Transplant Experiences of Hope with Trent Sullivan, Valen Cover, George Franklin III and Moderator Sasha Couch MC

Friday, Oct. 8
Focus on All Stages of Care

  • Motivational Speaker, Journey to Sobriety by Henriette Ivanans
  • Innovation in Kidney Care Highlights
  • CMS Quality Program Goals and How Patients Can Engage to Refine these Programs by Jean Moody Williams
  • Visit Online Exhibits/Scavenger Hunt, 15 minutes of Stretching with personal trainer Edina Tenacs
  • Chronic Illness Policies you need to Care About by Lori Hartwell
  • Strategies for Managing Anxiety & Stress with Kidney Disease by Mark Meier, MSW
  • Cooking Demonstration – How to Spice Up Your Diet by Chef Oliver Hale

Saturday, Oct. 9
Focus on Parents of Children Who Have Kidney Disease

  • Motivational Youth Panel Speakers with Mihi Wicks, Taylor Scoffield and moderator Charlene Lefontant
  • What to look for when your kids kidneys are compromised by Elaine Kamil, MD
  • History of ESRD Care in Children with CKD by Richard Fine, MD
  • Visit Online Exhibits/Scavenger Hunt
  • Strategies on Adherence to Diet and Medication Regimen by Karol Franks
  • Covid and Kidney Youth – What to Do by Dr. Gajjar

About the Speakers

Hope Week speakers include healthcare professionals and people who have learned to live and thrive in spite of having kidney disease. More information about each speaker will be posted soon!

About the Speakers

2021 Hope Week speakers include healthcare professionals and people who have learned to live and thrive in spite of having kidney disease.

Raffle prizes are given away every day. Receive a complimentary gift package for attending and completing our scavenger hunt and event evaluation to help us learn and improve our online events. Information will be given during the event about the scavenger hunt and event evaluation.

Watch the video presentations from Hope Week 2020,
RSN’s 27th Annual Patient Education Meeting

Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

Day Three • Day Three – Focus on Kidney Transplantation

Day Four • Focus on All Stages of Kidney Care

Day Five • Focus on Parents of Children Who Have Kidney Disease

About the Speakers

2020 Hope Week speakers include healthcare professionals and people who have learned to live and thrive in spite of having kidney disease.

Thank you to our 2021 Hope Week Mission Partners

Diamond

Amgen
FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

Gold

Silver

U.S. Renal Care

Bronze

AstraZeneca