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The Morris Hood III Chronic Kidney Disease and COVID-19 Complications Prevention program is based on the fact that COVID-19 complications and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are closely connected. The pandemic has highlighted the challenges faced by populations ranked high on CDC’s social vulnerability index, including evidence that kidney disease and its precursors—obesity, diabetes and hypertension, which significantly affect older adults—are known risk factors for serious COVID-19 complications up to and including death per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 webpage. Individuals who are 30-day survivors of COVID-19 are at greater risk for acute kidney injury or eGFR decline regardless of whether hospitalized due to COVID-19. (1) These individuals with acute kidney injury are now at high risk for CKD. This intersection between COVID-19 and CKD highlights the need for the Morris Hood III prevention program. The foundation for this project is the “Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention Strategy in Michigan 2021-2026” which emphasizes that kidney disease is common, serious, costly and often preventable. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) developed this public health approach to prevention with the support of many state and local partners. This 3-year initiative will have a true and lasting impact on CKD and COVID in Michigan.

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View the CKD Prevention Strategy in MI 21-26