AAKP The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is the oldest fully independent kidney patient organization in America. For more than 45 years, AAKP has been the leader in the fields of patient engagement, patient-centered education and public advocacy efforts. AAKP is proud of our legacy and considers ourselves among the original pioneers of increased access to high quality care for kidney patients. One of our earliest advocacy achievements is a well-known Federal program, the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). AAKP is an IRS registered Sec. 501(C) (3) organization and is governed, by original design and intent, by a patient-majority National Board of Directors. Founded in 1969 by six kidney patients who were brought together by their disease, the shared prospect of a premature death and an intense desire to undergo and expand the availability of the still experimental and highly risky process of dialysis; these pioneers of patient engagement called themselves NAPH (National Association of Patients on Hemodialysis), the direct forerunner of AAKP. They set out to inform fellow patients and the public about the devastating impact of kidney disease for both patients and the families. AAKP has continued that legacy by improving the quality of life for kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities.

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AAKP has been a sponsor of Home Dialysis Central since 2006

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