Our Kidney Check program is off to a promising start in British Columbia! We have started screening in 4 communities (Kyuquot, Boothroyd, Tobacco Plains, and Tseshaht). The program is working to implement a better way of identifying and treating kidney disease and diabetes in Indigenous communities. The project is led out of Manitoba with Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario getting ready for screening soon. Using mobile lab equipment, screening teams will travel to communities and test for CKD and its risk factors, including diabetes and high blood pressure. This information will be used to determine an individual’s risk of CKD, and each person will receive a treatment plan that is tailored to their risk. The health checks take about 45 minutes with results and education immediately provided.
The screening events are a joint effort between the Health Director in each Nation, local community RNs, and the mobile Kidney Check team. So far, we have screened 52 individuals and feedback has overall been very positive. Community members have stated that they appreciate that we have traveled into their community, and they enjoy receiving immediate feedback regarding their kidney health and learning about what they can do to keep their kidneys healthy. We have 4 screenings coming up in December (Bella Bella, Tache) and January (Skidegate, Williams Lake)!
– Beth Neilson, Kidney Check Nurse – project Screening Team
We look forward to receiving ongoing updates from our Kidney Check team as we work towards our goal of improving kidney health and preventing kidney problems. Stay tuned!