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Hope Week • RSN's National Online Patient Education & Lifestyle Meeting for People Who Have Kidney Disease

Save the Date for RSN’s 2024 Hope Week
Five Educational and Hope-Filled Days!

October 9 – 13, 2024

For 30 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 five-day national, virtual event. 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.

RSN’s 2023 Hope Week was a huge success, thanks to the inspiring speakers and experts who shared their knowledge and experiences. The event provided attendees with valuable insights into kidney disease, dialysis and transplant care points and self-advocacy. If you missed any sessions or want to revisit the presentations, you can still access recordings from this year’s event as well as past events. These videos serve as a valuable resource for continuing education on kidney disease management. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your understanding of kidney disease and empower yourself towards better health.

RSN’s 2023 Hope Week, 30th Annual Patient Education Meeting
October 18 – 22, 2023
Five Educational and Hope-Filled Days!

For 30 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 five-day national, virtual event. 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.

Raffle prizes are given away every day. Receive a complimentary gift package for attending and completing our scavenger hunt. Information will be given during the event about the scavenger hunt.

RSN’s 2023 Hope Week, 30th Annual Patient Education Meeting
Agenda

Topics are subject to change. There are no fees to attend but registration is required. Full agenda and speaker information coming soon!

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Chronic Kidney Disease

10:45am: Visit Exhibits

11:00am: Welcome

11:15am: How I Prepared Myself for Stages of Kidney Disease by Kristin Rice
Learn how Kristin took control of her illness, managed expectations and navigated care. 

11:35am: Tips to Delay Kidney Failure Progression by Dr. Arun Malhotra
Chronic kidney disease can progress silently. Learn about treatments available to you!

12:20pm: Anemia Management History and How it changed People’s Lives by Debbie Drayer, PharmD and Lori Hartwell

Drayer, PharmD : Anemia can make you feel tired and low energy, but we’ve evolved to understand and how to treat it.

Lori Hartwell: Hear personal stories from patient’s perspective. 

1:05pm: Break and Kidney Kin Fitness led by Personal Trainer and Visit Exhibits
Yoga – Stretching – Vendor Visits!

1:30pm: Blood Pressure Management and How it Impacts Kidney Function by Jeffrey Silberzweig, MD
High blood pressure is the second leading, often silent, cause of kidney failure. Don’t wait it until its too late – once kidneys are damaged its irreversible. A doctor explains how high blood pressure can impact your body and what actions you need to take. 

2:15pm: Steps to Nurture Your Mental Health for the Entire Family by Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC
Chronic illnesses are life-changing for patients and families. Emotional well-being needs to be a priority along with medical care and taking these steps will help.

3:00pm: Raffle  (Must be present to win.)

3:15pm: Adjourn

3:30pm: RSN Kidney Kin Foodie Support Group (1 hour)
A transplant recipient and a dietitian will facilitate this support session, with a discussion talking about how to create yummy, satisfying food that meets your dietary needs!

Thursday, Oct. 19
Patient Experiences and Solutions in Dialysis Care

10:45: Visit Exhibits

11:00am: Welcome

11:15 am: Why I Chose Home Dialysis by Rachel Cluthe
Home hemodialysis can give you more freedom as it puts you in charge of your own schedule. Learn why Rachel chose this option and how it works for her.

11:35am: What you Need to Know About Fluid Management and Dialysis by Amanda Rivenbark, RN and Paul Smith
Kidneys are the body’s master chemist, filtering and regulating toxins. Dialysis replaces these functions. Learn how dialysis patients’ fluid management affects the heart and health.

12:20pm:  Exploring the Connection: Anemia and The Stages of Kidney Disease by Jay Wish, MD
Most people with kidney disease will develop anemia. A doctor explains how anemia is treated in different stages of illness and why treatment is important.

1:05pm: Break and Kidney Kin Fitness led by Personal Trainer and Visit Exhibits
Yoga – Stretching – Vendor Visits!

1:30pm: Exploring the Top Side Effects of Dialysis by Mandy Trolinger, MS, RD, PA-C
Learn about the top dialysis side effects including fluid gains/sodium management, itching, restless leg syndrome) and some possible remedies.

2:15pm: Overcoming the Fear of a Kidney Failure Diagnosis and Getting the Treatment You Need – Patient Panel Discussion Moderated by Dialysis Social Worker Vernon Silva, LCSW, NSW-C
Fearful of managing home dialysis? Many have learned to manage. Hear from experts on how to overcome fears and take control of your care!

3:00pm: Raffle  (Must be present to win.)

3:15pm: Adjourn

Friday, Oct. 20
Kidney Transplantation for the Future

10:45am: Visit Exhibits

11:00am: Welcome

11:15 AM: Decades of Kidney Transplant Success: Tips for Keeping Your New Kidney Healthy by Transplant Recipient George Franklin
Patient keynote: George has had his transplant for more than 40 years! He tells us his story, how he has coped, and how he remains healthy!

11:35am: Understanding Kidney Offers and Staying Active on the Transplant List by Maggie Farrell, RN Manager, Clinical Operations Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Are you active on the kidney transplant list? Be informed in advance of the choice you may be offered, such as a kidney from deceased donors. Know what to ask!

12:20pm: Living Donation – Giving a Kidney and Advocating for a Kidney by Matt Cavanaugh, NKDO President, CEO, and non-directed kidney donor
A firsthand account of what it was like to donate a kidney. Hear about the importance of how you advocate if you are in need of a kidney.

1:05pm: Break and Kidney Kin Fitness led by Personal Trainer and Visit Exhibits
Yoga – Stretching – Vendor Visits!

1:30pm: How Can the Transplant System be Improved for Patients? by Rachel Meyer, ASN Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs
The Organ Procurement Transplantation Network, or OPTN, is far from perfect or even efficient. Hear what flaws are being addressed by a new contracting cycle, what the system’s goals are, and what we want the system to look like to meet our needs.

2:15pm: I’m transplanted – Now What?  – Patient Panel Discussion Moderated by Transplant Recipient Steve Weed
A panel of transplant recipients tells us what we could feel, deal with, or encounter after we receive the gift of life. Learn what to expect first hand and what to pay attention to after a transplant.

3:00pm: Raffle  (Must be present to win.)

3:15pm: Adjourn

Saturday, Oct. 21
Being our Own Advocate and Advocating for Others

10:45am: Visit Exhibits

11:00am: Welcome

11:15am: Pursuing Your Educational Goals by Saley Traore Uwalaka
Saley, who was on dialysis as a youth transitioned to adulthood and chose a meaningful career.

11:35am: Champions of Kidney Care, RSN Programs & Legislation/Policies Priorities by Lori Hartwell, RSN Founder and President
Lori Hartwell highlights Renal Support Network’s programs and policy priorities, and shares how hope and access to quality care are on the forefront.

12:20pm: Break and Kidney Kin Exercise led by Personal Trainer and Visit Exhibits
Yoga – Stretching – Vendor Visits!

12:45pm: What Questions to Ask to Get the Best Care by Helen Currier, RN and Glenda Harbert, ADN RN CNN CPHQ
Knowing what to ask and how to ask gets you the best information to make better decisions! Two nurses tell us some good questions to ask to get the best care.

1:30pm: Creativity Cures the Soul – Creating Food, Crafts and Art for Your Well Being – Patient Panel Discussion Moderated by RSN’s Cher Thomas
Creativity alleviates stress and boosts positive emotions. In this panel, patients will present some creative projects that help them cope with the emotional stressors of illness.

2:15pm: Raffle  (Must be present to win.)

2:30pm: Adjourn

Sunday, Oct. 22
Pediatric Kidney Disease and Family Day

10:45am: Visit Exhibits

11:00am: Welcome

11:15am: Anyssa Dang, Author of Kidney’s for Kids Activity Book
Anyssa shares her journey of how she helped her little brother understand his kidney disease diagnosis.

11:35am: Parents & Pediatric Family Members Perspective: Coping with Challenges of a Busy Family Life and Chronic Illness – Patient Panel Discussion Moderated by Charlene Lafontant
Life is busy enough, and managing a chronic illness is a full-time job. A panel of parents talk about how their families have managed their time, and strategies they have used to cope.

12:20pm: Break

12:35pm: Addressing the Young Adult/Pediatric Patient Perspective: Finding a Career, Dating, School and Health Insurance- Patient Panel Discussion Moderated by RSN’s Isela King
Isela King will moderate a panel on how young people with kidney disease cope with lifestyle issues and taking charge of their own care. 

1:20pm: Adjourn

1:30pm: RSN Kidney Disease Support Group
RSN has been supporting groups in the kidney disease community for decades. Join one or more, meet your peers, and let’s support each other!

2023 Hope Week Presenters

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

Click the buttons below the Category blocks below to view all presentations in that category for the past three years or scroll down to select a video presentation to view below this section.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Dialysis

Kidney Transplant

All Stages of Care

Youth Kidney Disease

Watch the video presentations from past Hope Week Annual Patient Education Conferences

Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

2023 Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

2022 Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

2021 Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

2020 Day One • Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease

Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

2023 Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

2022 Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

2021 Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

2020 Day Two • Focus on Dialysis

Day Three • Day Three – Focus on Kidney Transplantation

2023 Day Three - Focus on Kidney Transplantation

2022 Day Three - Focus on Kidney Transplantation

2021 Day Three - Focus on Kidney Transplantation

2020 Day Three - Focus on Kidney Transplantation

Day Four • Focus on All Stages of Kidney Care

2023 Day Four - Focus on All Stages of Care

2022 Day Four - Focus on All Stages of Care

2021 Day Four - Focus on All Stages of Care

2020 Day Four - Focus on All Stages of Care

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

2023 Day Five • Focus on Youth Who Have Kidney Disease

2022 Day Five • Focus on Youth Who Have Kidney Disease

2021 Day Five • Focus on Parents of Children Who Have Kidney Disease

2020 Day Five • Focus on Parents of Children Who Have Kidney Disease

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 2023 Hope Week Mission Supporters

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Amgen

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FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

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U.S. Renal Care

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