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To improve the quality of life for kidney patients and their families through education, advocacy, and the fostering of patient communities.
Founded more than 45 years ago, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) exists to serve the needs, interests and welfare of all kidney patients and their families. Its mission is to improve the lives of fellow kidney patients and their families by helping them to deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease. To accomplish these goals, AAKP engages in a variety of educational and supportive programs designed:
- to assist patients both to learn more about their disease and to become active participants in planning and managing their treatment;
- to improve patient understanding of and access to rehabilitation;
- to work together for the improvement of public programs that help kidney patients meet their financial and personal needs;
- to reflect the views and concerns of patients to public policy makers and others in the renal community;
- and to provide a lifeline for patients in need of emotional support and reassurance that only other patients can provide.
AAKP is a national organization of more than 12,000 members , including patients, family members, renal professionals, friends and institutional members. It is the only national kidney patient organization directed by kidney patients for kidney patients.
An IRS registered, Sec. 501(C)(3) organization, AAKP is governed by a board of directors under the direction of Brenda Dyson, President. The current board is comprised of 21 members including dialysis patients, chronic kidney disease patients, transplant recipients, healthcare professionals and members of the public concerned with kidney disease. In addition, AAKP has several local chapters with their own boards located throughout the United States, chartered under authority of the national organization. The board, chapters and membership are serviced by a staff of eight employees under the direction of Kris Robinson, Executive Director, at the AAKP National Office located in Tampa, Florida.