1900 E. Jefferson, Suite 222
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 259-1574 Toll Free: 1-866- 5741574
Fax: (313) 259-1855
Office Hours: 8:30 -5:00, Monday – Friday
About the Detroit Branch:
Founded in 1998, the NKFM Detroit Branch office established a presence and accessibility to a community that is disproportionately affected by chronic kidney disease and it’s precursors.
Serving the Community:
The Detroit Branch Office offers a number of free prevention and education programs throughout the city of Detroit and the surrounding area. They include:
Healthy Hair starts with a Healthy Body® / Dodge the Punch: Live Right®
The Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body, and the Dodge the Punch: Live Right programs are designed to help fight the high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease among African Americans. Stylists and Barbers are trained as lay health educators to chat with their customers about the healthy behaviors that may prevent or control diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease.
Healthy Kids and Kidneys:
Healthy Kids and Kidneys (HKK) is an 8-week evidence-based health education and disease prevention program, offered to fifth-seventh grade students in elementary/middle schools within Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Inkster. NKFM staff and trained lay-health educators deliver the program in classrooms during the school year. Outcomes from the 2010-2011 school year show that HKK was successful at increasing student knowledge about the benefits of healthy nutrition and physical activity, as well as prompting them to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program are two different types of Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshops provided by staff through out the tri-county area.
The Detroit Branch office offers several ways to be involved. Some specific program and event information is listed below. If you have questions about these, or any other programs and services offered by our office, please call 313-259-1574.
Healthy Kids and Kidneys:
To volunteer as a lay health educator, delivering this 8-week program to fifth-seventh grade students, you must commit to one hour per week for eight weeks, pass a criminal background check and attend the four hour training workshop. More volunteers are always needed to assist NKFM Detroit staff in providing the Healthy Kids and Kidneys program to students.
Healthy Hair/Dodge the Punch:
If you are a hair stylist or barber and want to chat with your African American clients about their health behaviors, you can be trained as a lay health educator.
Volunteer speakers trained in the areas of health related issues such as nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease are always in demand to speak at the training.
Cool Blue Monday:
Cool Blue Monday is the Detroit Branch office's signature fundraising event held annually the second Monday in August. Contact us if you would like to join the planning committee, donate, attend or volunteer the night of the event.
We have fulfilled the criteria for a number of disciplines, including social work, nutrition, public health, and other health related areas. We continue to have a summer program for students participating in Work Force. We are always excited about training community volunteers for programs, assisting us in meeting our goals, mission and commitment to the community. If interested, please contact us.
Flint Branch Office
411 East Third Street, Ste. 2
(Located in the YMCA)
Flint, MI 48503
About the Flint Branch Office
The Flint branch office re-opened in 2010 to promote healthy living and positive choices to decrease the unequal impact of diabetes in Flint and surrounding communities. Our efforts focus on bringing prevention programs to those who need them most and promoting policy change to create a healthier community.
Serving the Community
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) - A year long program proven to help individuals reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
PATH—a FREE 6 week workshop which helps people take charge of their health.
Diabetes PATH – a FREE 6 week workshop which helps people learn to better manage their diabetes.
Enhance Fitness—free and exciting fitness classes for all levels.
Healthy Kids and Kidneys — an eight week health education program focusing on nutrition and physical activity for 5th and 6th grade students.
New Beginnings— a video and discussion guide for living well with diabetes.
Making long term changes to the community
Increase access to healthful foods
- Community gardens
- Corner store makeover
- Satellite fruit and vegetable stands
- Healthy restaurant menu awards
Improve opportunities for physical activity
- Bike it/Walk it/Bus it encourages community members to use active transportation, such as bicycling, walking or riding the bus.
- Complete Streets ordinance improves access for all users
260 Leonard NW, Ste. 260
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
About the Grand Rapids Branch:
The Grand Rapids Branch office was established in 1992 to provide local public education and generate financial support for the Foundation. The office has been serving the city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding area for the last 20 years by offering free prevention and education programs to those people with kidney disease, their families and those at risk for kidney disease.
Serving the Community:
Programs and Services available in West Michigan
Healthy Hair starts with a Healthy Body™:
In the Healthy Hair program, African American hair stylists are trained to speak with their clients about chronic kidney disease and it’s causes. The African American population is at an increased risk for kidney failure due to diabetes and hypertension. This program is currently in Grand Rapids and Muskegon area salons.
Dodge the Punch: Live Right ™:
Dodge the Punch replicates the Healthy Hair program in barbershops. The target audience is African American men. Barbers are trained to discuss healthier living, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition and CKD with their clients. This program is currently in barbershops in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area.
K.I.C.K. “Kids Interested in the Care of their Kidneys”:
KICK is a high school education program which educates students throughout West Michigan by promoting awareness of organ donation and chronic kidney disease prevention.
Kids and Kidneys:
Kids and Kidneys is an elementary school program which teaches 5th/6th graders throughout West Michigan on the importance of their kidneys and how best to take care of them.
Regie’s Rainbow Adventure™:
Regie's Rainbow Adventure targets pre-school children and is designed to increase knowledge regarding nutrition, and physical activity in a creative manner.
Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP):
This is a healthy screening program designed to identify individuals at increased risk of kidney disease and encourage these individuals to seek further evaluation and follow up from a physician. KEEP is held annually in September in Muskegon.
The West Michigan Symposium, a professional education conference is offered for physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers and technicians which addresses current renal treatment advancements. Held annually in Grand Rapids in October.
- A Kidney Disease Support Group for patients and their families is held on the second Tuesday of the month (September – June) at Saint Mary’s Wege Center in Grand Rapids.
- A Diabetes Support Group for patients and their families is held on the third Thursday of the month (September – June) at Pilgrim Rest Church in Grand Rapids.
Fund Raising Events in West Michigan
Grand Rapids Kidney Walk:
Held annually in May at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Kidney Walk is a scenic 3 Mile Walk along the White Pine Trail.
Lakeshore Kidney Walk:
Held annually in May at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon the Lakeshore Kidney Walk is a beautiful three mile stroll along Lake Michigan.
Mardi Gras Ball:
Mardi Gras Ball is an evening which includes Mardi Gras themed décor, a cocktail party, silent and live auction, dinner and live entertainment.
Opportunities abound for those looking to volunteer in the Grand Rapids Branch Office. Whether you are interested in helping out with a program or fund raising event we are always in need of volunteers.