The Kidney Disease Awareness and Education (KDAE) Initiative is an effort to encourage nephrology nurses to educate policymakers and their staff members about the needs of patients suffering from or at risk for end stage renal disease (ESRD). ANNA members are encouraged to invite Congressional delegations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) staff, ESRD regional office staff, and local and regulatory agency staff to visit a local dialysis facility, transplant center, or KEEP program for a Kidney Disease Awareness and Education event. The objective of these visits is to educate policymakers about kidney disease, treatment options, and the legislative issues facing the renal community. Invite Elected Officials for a Site Visit Meeting with government officials or their staff is an effective way to share a message about a specific policy, legislation, or funding issue. Invite your legislators and Members of Congress for a visit at your clinic. Show them - firsthand - how policies affect patients! Invite both national and state elected officials: Representatives and Senators, the governor, and the mayor of the region in which your facility is located. Sample Invitation Tell ANNA about Scheduled Visits with Legislators in Your State When you schedule a visit, ANNA wants to know what Senator or Representative will be visiting your unit and when. Please help us keep track of KDAE Initiative visits. ANNA Federal Health Policy Associates will follow up with the Congressional office with any additional information and reinforce the message(s) you delivered. Record Your Scheduled Visits Evaluation (Complete after Visit) Webinar ~ I Lobby and I Know It! Listen as members of ANNA's Health Policy Committee discuss the impact that YOU — yes you! — can have on decisions that Congress and local lawmakers make. There are easy ways to voice your opinions and concerns and let legislators know that nephrology nurses care about our patients and our profession! Go to this webinar in ANNA's Online Library. Resources to Share with Legislators End-Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers: A Guide to Kidney Disease Awareness and Education - This booklet presents in lay terms the basics of ESRD and includes information on underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, incidence, and treatment costs. State Fact Sheets on Kidney Disease Incidence ANNA's Legislative Priorities If you have any questions or comments regarding the Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Initiative, contact KDAE@annanurse.org.