Crystal Peoples-Stokes Presents Kidney Health Screening
The Office of New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes will present a free community kidney health screening with the Kidney Foundation of WNY. The screening will take place at the Pratt-Willert Community Center on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“We’re grateful to Crystal Peoples-Stokes for raising awareness of kidney health and making this screening possible,” said Barbara Breckenridge, Director of Patient Services at the Kidney Foundation of WNY. “So many people in our community have kidney problems and don’t even know it.”
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that one in seven American adults has kidney disease. A person can lose up to 90 percent of kidney function before noticing symptoms, and many people in the early stages of kidney disease are unaware. “Screenings like these can help people protect their kidney health,” said Breckenridge.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, lupus, a family history of kidney disease, and high cholesterol. The National Institutes of Health report that African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are at high risk for developing kidney failure.
The screening will include blood pressure and body mass index measurement and urine and blood glucose testing.
Peoples-Stokes’ office has reached out to community partners to assist with the screening event. Supporters include Black Nurses Rock, UBMD, GBUAHN, Community Health Center of Buffalo.
The Pratt-Willert Community Center is located at 422 Pratt Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Those wishing to register for the screening can call 716-529-4392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.