Opening More Doors to Health

The care provided by UNC Health Care is not limited to patients who come to its hospitals. The physicians and medical staff also are dedicated to reaching out across the state to those who need medical education and care.

Opening More Doors to Health click to enlarge Donna Harward, director of education and outreach at the UNC Kidney Center, and the mobile unit.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

One example of statewide care is the UNC Kidney Center’s Kidney Education Outreach Program, which aims to raise awareness and promote prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD). An estimated 900,000 North Carolinians have CKD and many more are at risk of developing the disease. One reason for these numbers is low awareness about CKD, the risk factors and the importance of early intervention – before clinical symptoms become apparent.

In 2007, a mobile outreach unit was purchased to enable the kidney outreach program to promote awareness about CKD and to provide free screenings in communities with large numbers of residents at high risk for developing CKD. The mobile outreach unit is a 39-foot vehicle that is equipped with a fully functional exam room, two restrooms, a laboratory area and seating. Donna Harward, director of education and outreach at the UNC Kidney Center, and her team work with organizations in communities throughout North Carolina to provide free CKD screenings as well as to provide educational sessions about kidney disease.






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