The Kidney TRUST

TRUST Completes 5,000th Screen for CKD

A little more than a year after the launch of its innovative Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) screening program, The Kidney TRUST completed its 5,000th screen on November 25, 2021 at an employer health fair in San Antonio Texas.

The goal of the TRUST’s free rapid-testing program, which was launched in October 2007, is to identify individuals who have signs of kidney impairment. Along with learning their screening results onsite, participants receive materials that offer education about CKD and its prevention and are encouraged to be proactive in their healthcare and seek medical follow-up as appropriate.  Approximately 5% of people screened in the program so far had signs of at least moderate CKD and were strongly urged to follow up with their healthcare provider.

The TRUST’s program director, Revkah Balingit, explained: “Over the last year we have partnered with a number of corporations, non-profits and community organizations to offer free CKD screening to their constituents.  We’ve developed a flexible screening model that can be scaled up or down based on the size of the event and the needs of our co-sponsors.  We’re looking forward to expanding our network of partners and continuing to grow the program in 2009.”

2008 partners have included corporations such Lockheed Martin, Comcast, Kelly Aviation, Gulfstream, and Chevron; federal agencies such as Department of Education, U.S. Geological Survey, and USPS; and other organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and Sister-to-Sister Foundation.

Screening events have taken place across the United States, including California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Screenings also took place at Davita KAT Walks Across America in 12 states.