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Advocacy is taking action to bring about changes to government, community or institutional policies or to influence public opinion and societal attitudes.

We work hand-in-hand with passionate individuals. We provide insights, analysis, and tools that make it easy for you to forge a better future for people affected by kidney disease.

Who can advocate?

Advocacy covers a broad range of activities that can include almost anyone:

  • Self-Advocacy: the person who is directly affected by an issue or situation speaks up for him or herself and takes action to change it. The Kidney Foundation encourages individuals to act on their own behalf and plays a supporting role by providing information and suggestions for individual action.

  • Individual Advocacy: An individual or organization acts with and for the person with the concern. The Kidney Foundation has a limited ability to take on individual cases. Fortunately, most renal programs have nephrology social workers as part of the renal team. Part of their role is to advocate on behalf of patients to ensure they have access to services for which they are eligible. 

  • Group Advocacy: A group or organization or coalition of groups work together to seek changes to existing policy or to set new policy for a specific community or group of people. This is the type of advocacy the Kidney Foundation in most often involved in.