Support Groups & Related Links
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is a national non-profit organization founded by kidney patients for kidney patients. The organization strives to educate and improve the health and well-being of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, those on hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplant recipients.
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.
The National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) website contains a wealth of information and includes an A to Z Health Guide.
NKDEP is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, designed to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by kidney disease and its complications. NKDEP strives to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at high risk
(those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure), and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow kidney disease.
The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition provides technical assistance to ESRD Networks, Medicare organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community. The KCER Coalition strives to provide disaster preparedness resources to save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate healthcare workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote readiness in the community, and support the ESRD Network Program.
The mission of Network 8 is to facilitate the continuous improvement of area ESRD health care systems through data analysis, quality management and rehabilitation initiatives, special studies, patient involvement and community outreach.
More than 11,000 physicians and scientists, all committed to preventing kidney disease and making life better for patients, work together as members of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Through advocacy, ASN informs policymakers about issues of importance to kidney doctors and their patients. ASN also funds research, convenes world-renowned meetings and generates educational tools that enable nephrologists to be most effective.
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) was founded in 1982 and is an organization of more than 3,000 transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation. Our goal is to offer a forum for the exchange of knowledge, scientific information and expertise in the field of transplantation.
The UNOS Organ Center is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to facilitate organ sharing among transplant centers, organ procurement organizations and histocompatibility laboratories across the U.S.
The mission of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.
The PKD Foundation is the only organization, worldwide, dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease (PKD). The mission of the PKD Foundation is to: “Promote programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease and improve the lives of all it affects.”
The AUA Foundation is the nation’s leading urologic health charity that promotes research, education and advocacy. Our mission is to improve prevention, detection, treatment and ultimately, cure urologic diseases.
Quality is our business. QSource is a healthcare consulting firm. We work with consumers, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and other caregivers to refine care delivery systems to make sure patients get the right care at the right time.
To assist with travel plans for dialysis patients, Dialysis Finder allows you to locate dialysis centers anywhere in the United States.
Tennessee Department of Health Advance Directives Resources