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Release Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:54 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
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National Kidney Foundation Presents Award
to Howard University Health Sciences

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) – Howard University Health Sciences received an award of appreciation from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) for the university’s participation in raising awareness about kidney disease.

“By partnering with an organization like NKF that has deep community ties, Howard has the opportunity to reach more people and also help them understand what services we provide for patients, their families and their support systems,” said Dr. Constance Mere, associate professor of medicine at Howard University College of Medicine.

Through the NKF partnership, Howard helped raise awareness about the National Capital Area Walk about kidney disease. Dr. Mere notes that African Americans are three times more likely to develop kidney failure than whites.


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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