Guiding Hispanics and African Americans Towards Transplant and Home Modalities

This educational activity will provide nephrology social workers with communication strategies in an effort to assist in providing transplant and home modality education for Hispanic & African American patients.  It will cover ways to effectively communicate and provide education to these special populations about the treatment option for kidney transplantation. 

Learning Objectives: 

After participation in this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify effective educational strategies on transplant and home modalities for kidney patients/families of Hispanic and African decent
  • Identify current barriers that patients of Hispanic and African descent face in selecting transplant and home modalities
  • Assess the appropriateness of the peer educator program that promotes modality education in dialysis clinics

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Target Audience

  • Social Workers 
CME/CE Information:

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours. Licensed social workers should contact their individual jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

National Kidney Foundation SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0064.

Method of Participation:

Learners will review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information; participate in the entire self-study consisting of slides and audio; and complete the post-test (minimum score of 70% required) and evaluation to successfully earn credit.  The estimated time for completion is 1.5 hours. 

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.


The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Category I Credit for Physician Assistants
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Faculty Disclosures:

Nicole Mendez Pinkerton, MA, MFT 
Executive Director 
National Institute of Transplantation Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA 

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Charlonda Thrower, LMSW
Patient Services Director 
ESRD Network of Texas, Inc 
Dallas, TX 

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Kim Gusse, LMSW, ACSW
Social Worker
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Grand Rapids, MI

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Danielle Nathan, MA
Professional Education Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Vernon Silva, LCSW, NSW-C
Social Worker
US Renal Care
San Pedro, CA

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

CME Reviewer Disclosure:

Kristen M. Fischer, LCSW, NSW-C
Transplant Social Worker/Financial Coordinator
Sanford Transplant Center 
Fargo, ND

Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).


Available Credit

  • 1.50 Category I Credit for Physician Assistants
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours


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