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ACTivation, the ESRD NCC's monthly newsletter, provides important information for kidney patients and dialysis providers nationwide.

The topics covered are indicated for each issue in the following menus:

April 2021 issue:

  • Home Dialysis Universal Education Training
  • Take the Clean Hand Pledge
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference Is Now Available Online
  • April Is National Donate Life Month
  • National Blue & Green Day―April 16
  • Watch the 2021 National Patient and Family Engagement-Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Patient Summit Sessions Now On-Demand
  • Help Is Available for Patients Applying for Emergency Grants
  • Weekly COVID-19 Webinar Events
  • Coming Soon—End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Kidney Community Emgency Response (KCER): April Is Financial Capability Month

March 2021 issue:

  • Happy National Kidney Month!
  • World Kidney Day—Living Well with Kidney Disease
  • Don’t Miss the ESRD Sessions at the CMS Quality Conference
  • Home Dialysis Universal Education Training
  • Diet and Nutrition Resources Added to TheKidneyHub.org
  • Join the ESRD NCC for the COVID-19 Webinar Events
  • CMS Offers Support to Texas After Major Snowstorm
  • Coming Soon—ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER: Registration Is Open for the 2021 KCER Summit 

February 2021 issue:

  • Save the Date: NPFE-LAN Virtual Summit
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 2021 CMS Quality Conference
  • New Resources to Help Support Patient Engagement
  • ESRD NCC on YouTube
  • New Scholarship Resources Added to the Patient Grant Library
  • Goal-Setting Resource Added to the Patient Grant Library
  • Coming Soon—ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER Planning for 2021 Virtual KCER Summit Underway


January 2021 issue:

  • TheKidneyHub.org: Now Helping Patients Make Better Food Choices
  • ESRD NCC Kicking Off the Year With New COVID-19 Webinar Series Events
  • Mental Health Toolkit: Guidance for Those Who Care for Others
  • Patient and Caregiver Journaling Resources Just in Time for the New Year
  • Medical Relief Support—There’s a Grant for That!
  • Coming Soon—ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER Releases ESRD Community COVID-19 After-Action Report and Improvement Plan

December 2020 issue:

  • Share the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Flu Communication Toolkit
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week—It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Vaccine
  • Overcoming COVID-19 Screening Fatigue
  • Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands
  • Share the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet Resource
  • Share These Posters—Your Patients May Feel Better
  • ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) Patient Grant Library Rated a Thumbs Up
  • Coming Soon—ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER): Preparing for a Winter Storm


November 2020 issue:

  • Join the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) #FightFlu Campaign
  • New Online Kidney Transplant Hub
  • Patient Volunteers Needed for Peer Mentoring Program Pilot
  • Home Dialysis―It Could Be the Right Choice for Your Patients
  • New Tools Added to the ESRD NCC Patient Grant Library
  • Share the Work Incentive Seminar Events
  • Coming Soon―ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER): What Should You Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Planning


October 2020 issue:

  • The Flu Season Is Here, and It Is Time to Get the Flu Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Webinars: On-Demand and Upcoming
  • Spanish-Language Resources Available to Help Support Kidney Patients and Their Families
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves for the Annual Flu Vaccine
  • Share the Is a Transplant Right for Me? Video
  • Sample Infection Prevention and Control Quality Improvement Plan
  • New Tools Added to the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) Patient Grant Library 
  • Coming Soon―ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER): Shake Out 2020


September 2020 issue:

  • Quality Improvement Activities
  • Mind Your Mind With the New End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) COVID-19 Mental Health Toolkit
  • All Under One Roof—Helping Patients and Families Cope in Multigenerational Households During COVID-19
  • On-Demand Training and Educational Events
  • Ideas to Help Stay in Touch With Family and Friends
  • Join the Conversation—Listen to the New Podcast: Staying Healthy Inside and Outside the Dialysis Clinic
  • TheKidneyHub.org Can Help Your Patients Thrive With Kidney Disease
  • Coming Soon: ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER: Disasters Don't Wait—Make a Plan Today


August 2020 issue:

  • You Told Us · We Listened · We Are Changing
  • It Is Time for a Facelift—Check Out the New End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) Patient Resources Webpage
  • 2020 National Patient and Family Engagement-Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Affinity Group Resources Released
  • Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources Available Through the Patient Grant Library
  • New Patient Telemedicine Guide Available
  • Join the ESRD NCC #MaskUp! Social Media Campaign
  • Coming Soon—ESRD NCC Resources Under Development
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER: Are You New to Preparing After-Action Reports or Intimidated by the Process?


July 2020 issue:

  • Hand Hygiene Tutorial Is Now Available in Spanish
  • Special COVID-19 Webex Recording Now Available Online
  • Helping Patients Stay Healthy for Kidney Transplantation
  • Tips for Successfully Applying for an Emergency Grant
  • Mark Your Calendar Events
  • KCER: Evacuating to a Public Shelter During COVID-19


June 2020 issue:

  • New ESRD NCC Patient COVID-19 Webpage 
  • Register Now: The ESRD NCC Hosts Weekly COVID-19 “Quickinar” Events
  • Patient Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds Now on the Patient Grant Library
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • KCER Newsletter: Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19


May 2020 issue:

  • Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Kidney Community Resources
  • COVID-19 "Quickinar" Educational Events
  • COVID-19 Peer Mentor Support
  • Clean Hands Count―Helping Patients Prevent the Spread of Infection
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program Assists Patients During the COVID-19 Outbreak


April 2020 issue:

  • COVID-19 Guidance for the Kidney Community
  • March Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • Honoring Organ Donors During Donate Life Month
  • End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) Caregiver Peer Connection Calls
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Watch Newsletter: Coronavirus Updates


March 2020 issue:

  • Celebrate National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day
  • March Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • ESRD Patients Shine a Light on Kidney Disease at 2020 CMS Quality Conference
  • Patient Grant Library and Internet Safety
  • KCER Watch Newsletter: Coronavirus Updates

February 2020 issue:

  • Look for a Dynamic Track of Educational Sessions at 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference
  • March Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Network (LAN) Events
  • Implementation of November 2019 QIA LAN Interventions
  • National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE)-LAN Kicks Off Affinity Group Meetings
  • Patients and Family Members Share Their Kidney Disease Journeys in Podcast Series
  • It’s Here! Announcing the Updated National Patient and Family Engagement-LAN (NPFE-LAN) Webpage
  • Save the Date: 2020 Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Summit

December 2019 issue:

  • January Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • 2020 National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE)-Learning and Action Network (LAN) Subject Matter Experts (SME) Recruitment
  • Tips for Caregivers Handout Now Available
  • New Resources Added to the Patient Grant Library
  • Managing Retaliation in the Dialysis Setting Resources Now Available
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Watch Newsletter—December 2019

October 2019 issue:

  • November Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) LAN End-of-Year Celebration
  • Peer-to-Peer Sharing Resources
  • ESRD NCC Receipt of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Dominick Gentile, MD, Memorial Award
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program National Exercise

September 2019 issue:

  • Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) LAN Peer Connection Calls
  • New Resources for Patient and Family Engagement
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Project Updates
  • American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) National Meeting Exhibit
  • The Forum of ESRD Networks’ Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Newsletter

August 2019 issue:

  • Topics for the September Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • Implementation Rates of May QIA LAN Interventions
  • National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) LAN Affinity Group QIAs 
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Updates
  • The Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) Initiative Announcement 
  • Forum of end Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks Kidney Transplant Toolkit 
  • The KidneyX: Patient Innovator Challenge 
  • The Role of Healthcare Coalitions in Emergency Response 

July 2019 issue:

  • July 2019 Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • National Patient and Family Engagement LAN (NPFE-LAN) Peer Connection Calls
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Updates
  • New End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patient Orientation Package (NEPOP) Workgroup
  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program 2019 National Exercise 

June 2019 issue:

  • July 2019 Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
  • National Peer Mentoring Initiative
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Updates
  • National Care Transitions Awareness (NCTA) Day Summit
  • KCER Watch Special Edition for the 2019 Hurricane Season

May 2019 issue (first issue):

  • Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Network (LAN) Interventions
  • The NCC Patient Grant Library
  • Human Centered Design (HCD) Projects
  • Donate Life’s National Blue and Green Day
  • National Care Transitions Awareness Day
  • Clean Hands Count Pilot Test
  • Health and Safety Observances