Bruce Culleton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Kidney Care
Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Kidney Foundation
Most of us live unaware of a health threat that affects 33% of Americans. One in three adults are at risk of developing kidney disease, and yet, few experience symptoms until they are at or near the point of kidney failure.
Who gets left behind?
While 37 million adults in the U.S. are estimated to have CKD, not all segments of the population are affected equally. Black and African Americans are more than three times as likely to develop kidney failure than White Americans, and a growing number of Hispanics and Latinos are being diagnosed with kidney disease each year, increasing by more than 70 percent since 2000.
Historically marginalized people also suffer from some of the highest rates of diabetes and hypertension, two leading causes of kidney failure.
Empowering kidney health for all patients
Addressing disparities requires a comprehensive effort that cannot be achieved by one organization alone. Our actions must be tailored to the unique needs of each individual and community, breaking down barriers that exacerbate kidney health risks and increase the challenge of receiving care. Every person deserves high-quality kidney health services guided by a data-driven approach, one that pulls in clinical, demographic and individual insights to ensure access where it’s needed most. Ongoing partnership and collaboration at the national and community level is critical to help patients understand their risk and take action in the early stages of kidney disease.
Together, we must empower those who have been overlooked by the traditional health system with the resources, support and services they need to live healthier.