The Kidney TRUST

TRUST’s Rapid Screening Program Hits 10,000

July 25, 2021 - Staff and volunteers of the Kidney TRUST performed their 10,000th screen for chronic kidney disease (“CKD”) during a health fair at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, California on July 25.

The goal of the TRUST’s screening 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 seek medical follow-up as appropriate.  The TRUST’s screening program is carried out in non-medical settings such as large employer workplaces and community health fairs.

According to TRUST President Barbara Lawson who was part of the screening team at the Oakland event,  “La Clinica was especially interested in bringing kidney disease screening to the health fair this year because people of Hispanic heritage are at increased risk for CKD.”  Other CKD risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, a family history of kidney disease, and increasing age.  African Americans and Native Americans are also at increased risk for the disease.

A screening participant gets his blood drawn.

Staff and volunteers provide CKD education.

Participants get their blood drawn in Oakland.

A volunteer registers screening participants.