Branch Offices

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Note our new address:
7800 West Outer Drive, Suite 203
Detroit, MI 48235
Phone: (313) 259-1574  Toll Free: 1-866-574-1574
Fax:  (313) 387-0090
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:

Programs:

  • Early Childhood Programs - the Detroit office offers a number of programs targeting the early childhood community with the goal of improving health, by way of nutrition and physical activity, in a creative way.
  • Diabetes Prevention Program- 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 Hair Starts with a Healthy Body® - 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.
  • Dodge the Punch: Live Right® - 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 chronic kidney disease with their clients.
  • BodyWorks - Bodyworks is a program designed to improve family eating and activity habits. It focuses on providing hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to increase healthy eating and physical activity.
     

Getting Involved:

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 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 as well.

Students/Volunteer:

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 Liz Nienhuis at 313-259-1574 or lnienhuis@nkfm.org.

Flint Branch Office
411 East Third Street, Ste. 2
(Located in the YMCA)
Flint, MI 48503
Phone: 810-232-0522
Fax: 810-232-0533

About the Flint Branch:

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. 

Lead Exposure & Kidney Function:  In light of the Flint Water Crisis, we've created a fact sheet to help answer questions you may have on how lead exposure relates to kidney function.
 

Serving the Community:

Programs

  • Diabetes Prevention Program- 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.

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
     

Getting Involved:

260 Leonard NW, Ste. 260
Grand Rapids, MI  49504
Phone:   616-458-9520
Fax:   616-458-9532

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

  • Diabetes Prevention Program - a year long program proven to help individuals reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
  • Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body® - 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.
  • Dodge the Punch: Live Right® - 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 chronic kidney disease with their clients.
  • Regie's Rainbow Adventure® - Targets pre-school children and is designed to increase knowledge regarding nutrition and physical activity in a creative manner. 

Support Groups:

  • 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.
     

Getting Involved:

Fund Raising Events in West Michigan

  • Grand Rapids Kidney Walk: Held annually in May at Millenium Park 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.

Volunteering:

Opportunities abound for those looking to volunteer in the Grand Rapids Branch office.  Whether you are interested in helping out with a program or fundraising event, we are always in need of volunteers.