Kidney Health Coach
Kidney Health Coach is the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) community health education program. This online course trains people to become Kidney Health Coaches to educate others about chronic kidney disease.
The online course presents up-to-date information about preventing, managing and treating kidney disease through a series of 4 modules:
- Module 1: Welcome and Kidney Basics
- Module 2: Chronic Kidney Disease Causes, Symptoms and Testing
- Module 3: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease
- Module 4: Why This Matters and Next Steps
To become a Kidney Health Coach, you must complete all components of this course, which includes the demographic questionnaire, pre-evaluation, 4 modules, brief quiz and post-evaluation. After successful completion, you will be able to claim continuing education credit (if offered for your profession) and obtain a certificate of completion. Then you will be a Kidney Health Coach!
Anyone can take the online course to become a Kidney Health Coach. This is part of what makes the Kidney Health Coach program unique. It is available to any person interested in advocating for kidney health, whether you are a health professional or not.
Module 1: Welcome and Kidney Basics
- Learn what it means to be a Kidney Health Coach
- Describe what the kidneys do
- Define chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure
- Understand the health disparities and burden of CKD
Module 2: Chronic Kidney Disease Causes, Symptoms and Testing
- List the causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially the 2 most common causes
- Name the symptoms of kidney disease
- Describe the tests for kidney disease and the importance of early detection
- Classify the 5 stages of CKD
Module 3: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease
- Explain 3 ways to prevent CKD from progressing to kidney failure
- Summarize 4 treatment options for kidney failure
- Uncover health disparities related to treatment options
Module 4: Why This Matters and Next Steps
- Appraise the cost burden of kidney failure
- Know the next steps as a Kidney Health Coach
- Compile tips to successfully educate others about kidney disease
Continuing education (CE) credits are available at no-cost to eligible health professionals. Please see below for available CE credits.
Certified Health Education Specialists/Master Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®/MCHES®): This course is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I education contact hours. Advanced-level continuing education contact hours are not available.
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886443948-3471) for 1 continuing education contact hour.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned by The American Kidney Fund and the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 ANCC contact hours. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10977, for 2.0 contact hours.
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR): CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 2.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity. Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit = One CPEU). If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation in contact hours (One 60 minute hour = 1 CPEU). RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance Indicator selection is at the learner’s discretion.
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists: To satisfy the requirements for renewal of certification for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE) continuing education activities must be diabetes related and approved by a provider on the CBDCE list of Approved Providers (www.ncbde.org). CBDCE does not approve continuing education. The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) is on the CBDCE list of Approved Providers.
Disclosure information for participants:
In accordance with Joint Accreditation criteria and the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible companies for the past 24 months.
Joint Accreditation/ACCME also requires that ADCES mitigate any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. The disclosure information is intended to identify any ineligible relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during an activity, please report it on the evaluation.
Relevant disclosures (or lack thereof) among educational activity planners and faculty are as follows:
- Pablo Garcia, MD, MS, has no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Rhea Suarez, MPH, CHES®, has no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Michael Spigler MCHES®, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Melanie Paris, MA, MPH, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Ryan Woolley, MSPH, RDN, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Cesia Portillo, MPH, CHES®, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Frances Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, FAAN, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Carolyn Feibig, MS, RD, LD, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Natasha Eziquiel-Shiro, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Aisling Whelan MS, RDN, CDN, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Ardis Reed, MPPH, RD, LD, CDE, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Amy Crockett, LCSW, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Coralí Hernández Miranda, no relevant financial disclosures to report.
- Jodi Lavin-Tompkins MSN, RN, BC-ADM, CDCES- no financial disclosures to report.
- 2.00 The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)
- 2.00 ANCC
- 0.00 Attendance
- 2.00 Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- 2.00 National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)