November 30, 2023

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APPROACH team wins contest for their patient-centered decision aid tool

Can-SOLVE CKD has been working hard to transform kidney care for Canadians, and the effects are gaining attention at an international level. Most recently, the decision aid created by the APPROACH team won an award from the American Heart Association’s Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease Educational Tools Contest, raking in many positive reviews from the judges and $2,000 in prize money.

“I was both shocked and thrilled at the recognition our whole team received,” says Julie Babione, a Human-Centred Design Research Associate at the University of Calgary who helped co-design the tool. “All of us, including our patient partners…  worked very hard to bring this tool to fruition, and it feels great to have that hard work externally validated and recognized.”

In Memory of Dennis McCann

All of us across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network are saddened by the passing of Dennis McCann. Dennis was a generous and thoughtful patient partner and advocate in the kidney community. His commitment to improving the health of those living with kidney disease was an inspiration to all who knew him.

“This is where I am supposed to be”: Patient Partner Cathy Woods draws on her kidney journey to inspire others

Cathy Woods is no stranger to standing in front of an audience to share her experience with kidney disease.

While many struggle to talk so intimately in front of big crowds, Woods thrives on connecting with audience members and drawing them in with her story. “There’s nothing that makes me happier than when I’m speaking and I look up and see people captivated and you can just tell you’re reaching them,” she says.


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