The American Kidney Fund has announced a national partnership with American Medical Technologists in an effort to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease.

AMT has partnered with AKF to foster and promote collaborative work focusing on the role of allied health professionals in the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. Throughout the partnership, AMT will help raise awareness of kidney disease through professional and public education and communications. AMT will also raise funds to support the American Kidney Fund’s programs and services.

“We are pleased to join forces with American Medical Technologists, an outstanding organization of health professionals across the country, to raise awareness of kidney disease across the nation,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Strong partners like AMT really help to expand our reach into communities where people are at increased risk for kidney disease.”

The partnership announcement took place during AKF’s Chicago Kidney Action Day, the first joint effort between the organizations. Members of AMT’s Illinois State Society promoted the event to Chicago residents and also volunteered to assist AKF staff and other health professionals with health screenings and education. The partnership will include similar efforts in other Kidney Action Day locations in the future.

 “As an organization of health professionals on the front lines, we know the toll that kidney disease is taking on our nation and we are dedicated to the fight against kidney disease,” said Christopher Damon, executive director of American Medical Technologists.