The National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses (NCPS) has partnered with the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Diabetes Association and Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. to conduct the inaugural nationwide Kidney Sundays event on March 25, 2012 to recognize National Kidney Month.Through its network of community educators and volunteers in the African-American community, the partners are urging churches to conduct kidney health education sessions. Registered nurses from Chi Eta Phi will conduct blood pressure screenings at many of the churches.
Kidney Sundays helps teach people with kidney disease risk factors how to take steps that may prevent kidney failure. Throughout the month of March, NCPS members will engage their congregations to learn about kidney health. And, on March 25th American Diabetes Association representatives will work with church health ministries to share NKDEP educational materials. Churches will use the information in NKDEP’s Kidney Sundays Toolkit to talk with their congregants.
In addition, on March 27, congregations will recognize American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, which is a one day “wake-up” call to find those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes by asking them to take the Diabetes Risk Test and, if they are at high risk, to speak with their health care provider-fully making the connection diabetes has to kidney disease.Increasingly, people are turning to places of worship to get accurate, useful information about issues that uniquely affect African Americans. Kidney health is one of those issues because kidney failure affects African Americans more than other groups.
Efforts such as Kidney Sundays are a great start to help pastors’ spouses get the conversations started. This faith-focused kidney awareness campaign gives churches an opportunity to post on church bulletin boards, to disseminate via church bulletins, and to preach from the pulpit about information in a forum where we know people trust us and will pay attention.
NCPS leveraged this partnership by participating in the 2012 National Exclesisa Showcase, hosted by Ms. Esther Wooten of Jackson, MS and Mr. Harvey Watkins of the Canton (MS) Spirituals. Our NCPS Volunteers conducted health screenings and distributed valuable information on kidney disease and Kidney Sunday 2012 to participants from all over the United States who attended the conference.
Cities and metropolitan areas participating in the national Kidney Sundays effort are: Baltimore; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Hampton Roads, Va.; Houston; Indianapolis; Memphis; Philadelphia; Raleigh/Durham; St. Louis; Los Angeles; and the Washington, DC metro area.Photo: Hats off to Mississippi youth who helped kick-off Kidney Month during recent NCPS Health Screening at Whispering Woods Conference Center in north Mississippi.