While every day is World Kidney Day in our book, nations across the globe recognize March 10 as the annual celebration of kidney patients, providers, researchers, and the entire community impacted by kidney disease.
We hope you're wearing your green!
At the Northwest Kidney Council, we’ve never been more inspired and energized to advocate for our kidney communities here in Oregon and Washington. We’re coming out of legislative sessions that saw progress on issues impacting kidney patients and know that those conversations in Salem and Olympia are just a part of the momentum we’re seeing across the country on legislation that improves outcomes and access for Americans with kidney disease.
On this World Kidney Day, we are proud to be leading the effort to raise awareness locally.
After a request by the Northwest Kidney Council team, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has officially proclaimed March 2022 as National Kidney Month. By issuing this proclamation, Gov. Inslee has prioritized the need to raise awareness and find solutions to the issues that Washingtonians with kidney disease face every day.
Our work on behalf of kidney patients is grounded in facts and data. We are grateful to our national partners at the American Kidney Fund for producing state-specific fact sheets that detail the patient populations in the Pacific Northwest. A few facts of note:
As of 2021 - of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease - 13,081 live in Washington and 7,157 live in Oregon. Each year, more people are diagnosed and more patients’ conditions progress to the point of dialysis or transplant. They are the reason we must continue to advocate and center their experiences in policy decisions. We encourage you to learn more on our resource page (and read the stories of our kidney community here!).
From all of us at the Northwest Kidney Council, happy World Kidney Day – the work continues, but we hope you’re able to take a moment today to celebrate and recognize the good work happening in our communities.