Module 1: Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease (ckd)



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Diet Module 1 2019

Module 1: Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

This professional development opportunity was created by the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. With the goal of reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially among communities most impacted by the disease, NKDEP works in collaboration with a range of government, nonprofit, and health care organizations to:

  • This professional development opportunity was created by the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. With the goal of reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially among communities most impacted by the disease, NKDEP works in collaboration with a range of government, nonprofit, and health care organizations to:
  • raise awareness among people at risk for CKD about the need for testing;
  • educate people with CKD about how to manage their disease;
  • provide information, training, and tools to help health care providers better detect and treat CKD; and
  • support health system change to facilitate effective CKD detection and management.
  • To learn more about NKDEP, please visit: http://www.nkdep.nih.gov. For additional materials from NIDDK, please visit: http://www.niddk.nih.gov.
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Meet our Presenters

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  • Theresa A. Kuracina, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., L.N.
  • Ms. Kuracina is the lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ CKD Nutrition Management Training Certificate Program and NKDEP’s nutrition resources for managing patients with CKD.
  • Ms. Kuracina has more than 25 years of clinical dietetics experience focused on diabetes and CKD with the Indian Health Service (IHS). Until her retirement in 2017, she served as a co-coordinator for a diabetes self-management education program at the IHS Albuquerque Indian Health Center in New Mexico. For more than 9 years, she has supported NKDEP with expertise regarding medical nutrition therapy for diabetes and CKD patients, first as a member of the NKDEP’s Coordinating Panel and more recently as a senior clinical consultant for the Program.

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