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American Kidney Fund, Inc.
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G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T99 Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C.
H Medical Research
H40 Specific Organ Research
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The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts.
Ms. LaVarne A. Burton
LaVarne A. Burton has led the American Kidney Fund (AKF) since October 2005. Her leadership has propelled AKF to notable milestones, including the expansion of AKF’s kidney disease screening program into communities nationwide; the development of public awareness media campaigns; and the launch of an annual gala, The Hope Affair, which brings together the national renal community.
Before joining AKF, Burton was a senior partner at Martin & Associates, a consulting firm to the health care industry and to major health information management and technology companies. Previously, she served as President of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the national trade association representing pharmacy benefit managers and their partners.
From 1997 to 2001, Burton served as Executive Secretary to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she managed policy development and regulations and was advisor to the Secretary of the largest domestic agency within the federal government. From 1994 to 1997, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. From 1979 to 1994, she was a senior analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, advising the Committee on funding policy and legislative positions for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her master’s degree from George Washington University.
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Kidney Disease Funding
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In 2009, the American Kidney Fund provided $155 million in financial assistance to over 87,000 dialysis patients in the United States. This assistance took the form of insurance co-payments, nutritional supplements, medical supplies, and direct financial assistance to pay for transportation to dialysis and other treatment-related necessities that insurance would not cover. AKF also launched a Medicare Part D assistance program in 2007. In addition to providing financial assistance to dialysis patients, AKF educates the public about prevention, causes, treatment, and pyscho-social aspects of kidney disease, and promotes organ donation. AKF offers a wide range of brochures about kidney disease, with many selections in Spanish. The Minority Intervention and Kidney Education program (MIKE) raises awareness of the risks of kidney disease in high-risk populations. AKF also maintains a national toll-free HelpLine in both English and Spanish to answer questions from kidney patients, their families, and the general public. AKF strives to enhance the care of kidney patients by offering a series of regional conferences, a newsletter for nephrology professionals and a Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship.
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Provided over $155 million in grants and medication to over 87,000 dialysis patients in the United States.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In 2011, nearly 90,000 people—almost 1 out of every 4 dialysis patients in the United States—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).