Kidney Solutions

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Episode 129: Diana Clynes – Charting the Course for Patient Empowerment

Kent delves into the vital world of kidney health advocacy with special guest Diana Clynes, the dedicated Executive Director of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). With nearly two decades at AAKP, Diana brings a wealth of experience and a heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of those affected by kidney disease.

Kent and Diana explore the pressing issues facing the kidney community, from the importance of research and innovation to the critical need for patient access to new treatments. They discuss AAKP’s signature programs, including global initiatives and advocacy efforts, and underscore the organization’s patient-centered approach.

Diana’s insights into AAKP’s operations, their free membership model, and the ways individuals can get involved, whether through local ambassador initiatives or national policy summits, highlight the many avenues available for patient engagement and empowerment.

For those touched by kidney disease, this episode offers both a call to action and a source of hope. It’s a testament to the power of advocacy and the difference that informed, passionate individuals can make in the fight against kidney disease.

Join Kent and Diana for a conversation that not only sheds light on the importance of patient advocacy but also invites you to become an active participant in shaping the future of kidney health care.

Remember to keep breathing, and don’t miss the next amazing episodes of Kent’s Kidney Stories!

For more information on how to join AAKP and become a part of the movement advocating for kidney health, visit

Host: Kent Bresler
Producer: Jason Nunez