The American Kidney Fund has a new website for Spanish-speaking users looking for information about kidney health and kidney disease.
KidneyFund.org/en-espanol contains the same health information found on American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) KidneyFund.org website within the main navigation headings of kidney disease and includes topics such as kidney transplant, financial assistance, education and research, prevention and get involved.
Hispanic individuals are at increased risk for kidney disease and are 34% more likely to have kidney failure than non-Hispanic whites, the AKF reports.
“The prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure — the two leading causes of kidney failure — in the Hispanic population makes kidney disease education among this population an urgent priority,” the AKF said in a statement.
The translation and design of KidneyFund.org/en-espanol was made possible in part by an educational grant from Amgen.
“Our new Spanish-language website addresses the limited availability of high-quality information about kidney health and kidney disease at an appropriate level of health literacy for a broad and diverse population of Spanish speakers,” LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund, said. “This complements the resources we have long offered to Spanish speakers, including health education materials, our toll-free HelpLine and more recently, webinars for patients.”
AKF began adding limited Spanish-language content to KidneyFund.org in 2009, focusing on core topics about kidney disease. Traffic to those pages has grown dramatically, with a 140% increase since 2013, AKF officials reported.