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Kidney Sundays: It Takes a Village

Elcedo L​. Bradle​​y, RN, former First Vice President of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. knows the importance of health education in the community. Nursing sorority Chi Eta Phi has community service initiatives across the country that focus on educating communities about critical health issues—high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and now through a partnership with the National Kidney Disease Education Program, kidney disease.

In partnership with NKDEP's Kidney Sundays national events, Chi Eta Phi members have conducted thousands of blood pressure screenings at participating faith organizations across the country.

"Many of our members began blood pressure screenings at their own faith community events. Through our personal and professional networks, we've expanded our outreach initiatives," said Bradley who coordinated the sorority's participation in NKDEP's Kidney Sundays program in March 2012. "Now, our members are doing health screenings, blood pressure screenings, health education, and attending health fairs around the country." 

"We often hear, 'I didn’t
know that, I’ve never
read the label before'."

Some Chi Eta Phi chapters, including Mrs. Bradley's in Los Angeles, focus on teaching people how to read food labels and how to be aware of the amount of sodium in everyday food items.




"We often hear 'I didn't know that, I've never read the label before.' We know the work that we continue to do in our communities is important," said Bradley.

 

March 2014

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