Real Kidney Living

Attention and Prevention: The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program and More w/ Ms. Monica Abou-Ezzi

September 02, 2020 Northeast Kidney Foundation Season 1 Episode 5
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Attention and Prevention: The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program and More w/ Ms. Monica Abou-Ezzi
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Real Kidney Living
Attention and Prevention: The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program and More w/ Ms. Monica Abou-Ezzi
Sep 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 5
Northeast Kidney Foundation

Thanks again for tuning in, everyone! In this episode, I thought that we could begin by discussing prevention and detection methods used to understand your kidney health. I wanted to discuss a unique and flexible way to understand your kidney health in an everyday capacity! Today, join my guest - Ms. Monica Abou-Ezzi, former Vice President of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness program at Boston University and I as we discuss screening initiatives taken that we and many other special individuals continue to foster in local communities around the country.

Monica’s Questions – 

1.) What brought you to the fields of kidney and transplant medicine, respectively when you entered college?

I actually had a family history of kidney disease. When I started college and found the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), internships and other opportunities through Boston Medical Center. I really like how it offers a window of opportunity to be a manageable disease and looking for different warning signs and lab results. I like the challenge.

2.) What were the goals of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program? Who did we reach and how did we accomplish this?

I like to think that this organization’s mission is simply, to serve. Earlier disease stages offer more option for treatment. We strive to catch kidney disease in its early stages and have prevention strategies to alleviate the financial, geographical or cultural concerns that potentially exist to having access to these methods of healthcare. We aim to go into communities and provide screening services to give you information that you need to keep your kidneys healthy.

3.) Are there sessions and/or events that include or in addition to screenings to ensure that your mission is reached?

The screening process entails preparation including training student volunteers in the different stations. This terminates with a physician consultation with volunteer physicians on site. They will have a medical history taken, urinalysis, BP measurement, blood glucose and BMI taken. Additionally, the program is run via fundraising in our communities (i.e bake sale) or educational events (i.e speaker series - physicians Q&A or patient perspective) and students who are interested in a pre-medical path via professional panels. 

4.) Who can participate in this program? Who is the target audience and how do you go about the process of expanding?

Currently, this is program run on undergraduate university campuses. It often starts with one student proposing the idea to start the organization on campus. Headquarters has prioritized nationwide outreach and we’re excited for the opportunities.

5.) If you had one 5-minute window to speak with a screening participant, volunteer, new student or any other interested member of this organization, what would you say and why?

With a participant, I would introduce myself and ask about their background and stress the importance of health in their lives. We urge you to come and get screened and to help us to help you. We stress to volunteers that they have to be flexible with the ability to help people and have an open mind.

6.) How do you think we as a community can continue to perpetuate these messages? 

We want to stress health education or even signs of kidney disease to look out for. We want to coordinate volunteer efforts, provide easy information avenues or even gathering professional connections to begin your own screening efforts. 


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Show Notes

Thanks again for tuning in, everyone! In this episode, I thought that we could begin by discussing prevention and detection methods used to understand your kidney health. I wanted to discuss a unique and flexible way to understand your kidney health in an everyday capacity! Today, join my guest - Ms. Monica Abou-Ezzi, former Vice President of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness program at Boston University and I as we discuss screening initiatives taken that we and many other special individuals continue to foster in local communities around the country.

Monica’s Questions – 

1.) What brought you to the fields of kidney and transplant medicine, respectively when you entered college?

I actually had a family history of kidney disease. When I started college and found the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), internships and other opportunities through Boston Medical Center. I really like how it offers a window of opportunity to be a manageable disease and looking for different warning signs and lab results. I like the challenge.

2.) What were the goals of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program? Who did we reach and how did we accomplish this?

I like to think that this organization’s mission is simply, to serve. Earlier disease stages offer more option for treatment. We strive to catch kidney disease in its early stages and have prevention strategies to alleviate the financial, geographical or cultural concerns that potentially exist to having access to these methods of healthcare. We aim to go into communities and provide screening services to give you information that you need to keep your kidneys healthy.

3.) Are there sessions and/or events that include or in addition to screenings to ensure that your mission is reached?

The screening process entails preparation including training student volunteers in the different stations. This terminates with a physician consultation with volunteer physicians on site. They will have a medical history taken, urinalysis, BP measurement, blood glucose and BMI taken. Additionally, the program is run via fundraising in our communities (i.e bake sale) or educational events (i.e speaker series - physicians Q&A or patient perspective) and students who are interested in a pre-medical path via professional panels. 

4.) Who can participate in this program? Who is the target audience and how do you go about the process of expanding?

Currently, this is program run on undergraduate university campuses. It often starts with one student proposing the idea to start the organization on campus. Headquarters has prioritized nationwide outreach and we’re excited for the opportunities.

5.) If you had one 5-minute window to speak with a screening participant, volunteer, new student or any other interested member of this organization, what would you say and why?

With a participant, I would introduce myself and ask about their background and stress the importance of health in their lives. We urge you to come and get screened and to help us to help you. We stress to volunteers that they have to be flexible with the ability to help people and have an open mind.

6.) How do you think we as a community can continue to perpetuate these messages? 

We want to stress health education or even signs of kidney disease to look out for. We want to coordinate volunteer efforts, provide easy information avenues or even gathering professional connections to begin your own screening efforts. 


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