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Kidney Disease & African Americans – Nichole Jefferson’s Story

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Kidney Disease & African Americans – Nichole Jefferson’s Story

In this episode we discuss kidney disease and how it disproportionately affects African Americans. We cover Nichole Jefferson’s story, a black woman who was unable to get on the kidney…
March 4, 2022

Kidney Disease & African Americans – Nichole Jefferson’s Story

In this episode we discuss kidney disease and how it disproportionately affects African Americans. We cover Nichole Jefferson’s story, a black woman who was unable to get on the kidney transplant list due to a diagnostic kidney test that overestimates Black people’s kidney function compared to non-Blacks.

 

And we highlight the Northwestern Medicine African American Transplant Access Program (AATAP), which works to address the disparity in access to transplantation experienced by the Black community.

 

Visit the AATAP website, https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/organ-transplantation/african-american-transplant-access-program, to learn more about how the program helps Black people navigate complex diagnoses and the transplantation process.

 

If you would like to suggest a topic we should discuss, share your own personal story, or shoutout an organization or individual please email us at [email protected]

 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @distrustanddisparities and Twitter @DistrustPod.

 

Resources: 

How a clinical tool meant to predict kidney function could be hurting Black patients by Sojourner Ahébée

https://whyy.org/segments/how-the-egfr-tool-could-be-hurting-black-patients/

 

Black or ‘Other’? Doctors may be relying on race to make decisions about your health by Jacque Smith and Cassie Spodak, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/25/health/race-correction-in-medicine-history-refocused/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3L53_r4qN0uWLDxVSrldNQip3_Y0cpegp4j-nnLZ5G3Q1jhoSRXTbSROc

 

Black K.A.R.E. Kidney Awareness, Resources, and Education https://www.pdempowers.com/black-kare

 

Audio of Nichole Jefferson: 

Can a formula be racist? She says one put her health at risk by Athena Jones, Jessi Esparza, and Natalia V. Osipova, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/04/23/slavery-race-correction-medicine-history-refocused-orig.cnn/video/playlists/history-refocused/

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A Diverse Skill Set Peter McCanna is chief executive officer (CEO) at Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not- for-profit health system in Texas. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, as well as an array of virtual and in-home services.