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Getting Involved for Good

Dr. Bennie Marshall is a NKDEP kidney health champion. Through various leadership roles, including chair of the Nursing & Allied Health Department at Norfolk State University, health minister at Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., and member and past president of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority’s Eta chapter, Dr. Marshall has made it her mission to educate others about their risk for kidney disease.

“I think that faith-based organizations can play a significant role when talking about kidney disease,” Dr. Marshall explained. “People are much more comfortable coming there, so the membership is able to discuss why it’s so important to know about kidney disease and screenings. I’ve been able to bring in health professionals to help diagnose heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease,” she said.

"I use the Kidney
Sundays Toolkit as
the centerpiece of my
educational process."

​​Dr. Marshall has been using NKDEP materials at faith-based and community events throughout Virginia’s Tidewater region since 2009 to help people make the connection among diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. “I use the Kidney Sundays toolkit as the centerpiece of [my] educational processes. I use it for a Sunday announcement or to distribute materials at community health fairs, church Family and Friends Day activities, and monthly blood pressure screenings,” she said.

We thank Dr. Marshall—and all kidney health champions—for helping us spread the word about kidney health!

March 2014

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