UHA NEWS - Volume 4, Number 8 * October 2003
Albany College of Pharmacy partners with NKF on record screening program
Albany College of Pharmacy partnered with the National Kidney Foundation Northeast New York chapter Oct. 17 to hold the largest kidney-disease screening program in the history of the foundation’s national awareness outreach efforts.
More than 200 people, primarily Albany College of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff, turned out for the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) held in the college’s gymnasium. It was the first time the NKF partnered with a pharmacy school on a KEEP event, and only the second time it partnered with an institution of higher learning (the University of Illinois Medical Center was the first).
“This was an outstanding opportunity to tell a couple of important stories to the public about the importance of early detection of kidney disease and the critical role pharmacists play in health care delivery,” said Professor George Bailie, who led the college’s efforts and is a member of the NKF’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Advisory Board.
“Because the warning signs of kidney disease often are silent, too many people go undiagnosed until it the disease is far advanced, when kidney disease and its complications are more difficult to manage. It is imperative to raise awareness of the importance of being checked regularly so the disease can be detected early and treated to slow its progression.”
This is where pharmacists play an important role, Bailie said. “More and more, pharmacists are becoming active in counseling patients and managing disease states, and the KEEP program was a great example of this,” he said.
The previous record for a KEEP event was 155 people. KEEP events typically are held in smaller community-based settings such as churches and community centers. A good turnout typically is 25-30 people.
When Bailie presented the idea of a partnership with the college, the NKF decided to bring the program to a more high-profile location to try to reach a bigger audience with its vital messages about kidney disease, which effects one in nine Americans – about 20 million people.
“This was a terrific chance for us to spread the word about the importance of early detection to a larger audience,” said Carol LaFleur, executive director of the NKF of Northeast New York. “The program was a huge success and we look forward to an opportunity to partner with Albany College of Pharmacy for another KEEP event next year.”
The screening process involved tests performed by trained medical personnel. Volunteers gathered information such as medical history, height, weight and blood pressure (high blood pressure, along with diabetes, is one of the leading causes of kidney disease). Urine and blood samples also were taken before participants had the opportunity to consult with a physician.
Motivational speaker John Pelizza to present session on “Habits of Happy and Healthy People”
The seminar will be held on Tues. Nov. 18 at Albany Law School at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (518) 434-9603.
UHA co-sponsors To Life's "Clinical Trials and Human Subject Protection"
The breast cancer education and support organization To Life!, in collaboration with Albany Law School’s Government Law Center, Albany Medical Center, the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and UHA, are hosting the program “Clinical Trials and Human Subject Protection,” To Life!’s Annual Gary Schwartz Health and Law Forum. The event will be held on Thurs. Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Albany Law School, and is open to the public. The program will explore informed consent during clinical trials of new medical treatments from the perspectives of both patients and researchers, and will address legal issues that patients and their attorneys should be aware of when participating in clinical trials. The program is free of charge and $65 for attorneys who wish to receive two continuing legal education credits. For additional information, call To Life! at 518-439-5975.
Albany College of Pharmacy presents “Holocaust Experiences and Life Thereafter” by David Gewirtzman
On Thurs., Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., David Gewirtzman, an ACP alumnus from the Class of 1954, will relate stories about his remarkable life in the Polish ghetto, discuss his miraculous escape from his ordered execution and recall incidents of his life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Participants are asked to make reservations no later than Fri., Oct. 31 by calling Karen Wendt at (518) 445-7200.
Thoughts from the UHA Interim Director:
As UHA seeks programs and collaborations that can enhance the quality of life for members of its institutions as well as its neighbors, ideas are appearing faster than our ability to explore and execute them. This newsletter is devoted entirely to recent and upcoming events that are open to the entire University Heights neighborhood. The programs are diverse: a health clinic, a law forum, a historic lecture, and a Sage educator who will address ways to energize our lives.
I know that participants will find these programs enriching. And this is just the beginning!
June McQuide, Interim Director