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Friday, May 29, 2009

Wren Announces Legislative Task Force

State Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, announced Monday the creation of the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Task Force. The tas force was possible thanks to actions taken on the last day of the 2009 legislative session.

"The CKD Task Force will assess the current and future impact of CKD on Alabama residents by examining the depth and breadth of kidney disease to develop appropriate state-wide strategies for the effective treatment and prevention of CKD," Wren said in a press release.

"Alabama has almost 400,000 people with chronic kidney disease with 7,000 Alabamians requiring dialysis treatments," state Health Officer Donald Williamson said in the release. "This task force brings together individuals to address all phases of the problem from access to care to the need for transportation for dialysis patients. The Department of Public Health looks forward to being an active participant in the CKD Task Force."

The CKD Task Force will be consist of those who provide care and support for patients and their family members. Included on the Task Force will be nephrologists, Williamson, nephrology nurses and social workers, patient advocacy groups, legislators, the state departments of human resources and senior services, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Alabama, and the Alabama Kidney Foundation.

"I look forward to convening the initial meeting of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force by mid-summer. Building a comprehensive and coordinated chronic kidney disease strategy will provide opportunities for dialysis patient care, education of Alabama’s residents, and transportation services for our citizens battling kidney disease and dialysis," Wren said.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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