Patient Programs & Services

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Patient Inquiries - Outcomes

The NKFM has a call-line where people with kidney disease and their family members can talk to knowledgeable individuals about living with kidney disease.
They answer questions and help find additional information. From 2017-2018:

  • Patient Services team members answered 379 inquiries.
  • Referrals to NKFM programs were made 101 times.


Community Health Workers - Outcomes

The NKFM has a 20+ year history of utilizing Community Health Workers (CHW) to deliver exceptional value by providing assistance in appropriate care transition services and evidence-based chronic disease self-management support in health care and community settings. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of the community. CHWs go by a number of names including Peer Mentors.

Peer Mentors empower fellow individuals with chronic disease through the Peer Mentoring program. From July 2017-June 2018:

  • 13 Peer Mentors completed trainings.
  • The Peer Mentors contacted 394 people.
  • They spent 208 hours talking with patients doing prevention work.


Patient Emergency Fund - Outcomes

The Bob Meyer/Luann Scheppelmann-Eib Emergency Fund provides a one-time help of up to $100 for the urgent needs of people with kidney disease. Payments are made directly to vendors. Common uses for emergency funds include: transportation to dialysis, utility bills, food, prescription co-pays, medical equipment, and moving.

  • In 2017-2018, 201 people with kidney disease received financial assistance.


Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship Program - Outcomes

The Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship program awards monetary scholarships to people with kidney failure for continuing education. The awards are paid directly to the educational institution and students may receive the award up to two times.

  • In 2017-2018, 8 individuals with chronic kidney disease were awarded a scholarship for the school year. 
  • One of the individuals also received the $1,000 Mary Brennan Award.


Patient ID Tags - Outcomes

Identification tags provide medical information on either a necklace or bracelet at a nominal cost to the individual. The tags are engraved with the individual’s name, medical condition, allergies, emergency contact, and doctor’s name.

  • 77 people received low-cost medica ID tags in 2017-2018.


CKD Internships - Outcomes

The CKD internship program provides part-time employment (2-8 hours a week) with an NKFM office for people living with chronic kidney disease. The internship program can provide the opportunity for individuals to “test the water” in deciding about a possible return to work.

  • In 2017-2018, the CKD Internship program grew from two to six interns with kidney disease who completed a total of 1,229 internship hours at 3 NKFM offices.


Kidney PATH - Outcomes

The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) Program was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn to better manage their long-term health conditions. The NKFM added two bonus sessions on chronic kidney disease to the standard 6-week curriculum.

  • From July 2017- June 2018, 8 Kidney PATH workshops were held in Bingham Farms, Detroit, East Lansing, Flint, Midland, Northville, Southfield, and Ypsilanti.
  • During the same time period, 67 adults with kidney disease or caregivers completed PATH.


Kids Camp - Outcomes

The goal of Kids Camp is to provide children with chronic kidney disease the opportunity to enjoy an exciting summer camp adventure complete with the great outdoors, campfires, sing-a-longs, water activities, and new friends. They medical needs are taken care of by trained medical professionals so both parents and kids know they're in good hands while attending camp.

  • In July 2018, 24 kids on dialysis or with a transplant attended Kids Camp.