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Release Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 2:34 PM
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Howard University to Offer Free Kidney Screenings for National Kidney Month

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2014) –Howard University Hospital will host the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) annual “March is Kidney Month” free kidney check-up event on Wednesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedman’s Hall, located off of the main lobby of Howard University Hospital.

One in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease due to rapidly rising rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. In the Washington area, there are approximately 700,000 people affected by kidney disease, nearly 6,000 on dialysis and 1,500 waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. 

“Not only are African Americans more likely to be designated with chronic kidney disease at an early age, but we are more likely to be diagnosed with the advanced stage of kidney disease and kidney failure,” said Dr. Constance Mere, nephrologist at Howard University Hospital and NKF board member. “This places a huge burden on our physical, emotional and financial well-being.”

The kidney health check event will include risk surveys, body mass index (BMI) measurements, blood pressure checks, free educational materials and an opportunity to speak with a healthcare professional. Anyone who is at risk, including those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure, is encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, call 202-244-7900, x20.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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