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Riñones, Tesoros (Kidneys, Treasures) Education Program for Community Health Workers

Riñones, Tesoros (Kidneys, Treasures) Education Program for Community Health Workers aims to educate Hispanics at risk for kidney disease about the need for testing and steps they can take to protect their kidneys. The program is designed to help community health workers (CHWs) or "promotores de salud" educate Hispanics living with diabetes about kidney disease and kidney failure. The content is intended to complement existing diabetes education curricula, but it can also be used as a standalone program. CHWs can use this toolkit wherever they teach in their community, including community centers, hospitals, community health clinics, continuing education classes, schools, faith communities, or even homes.

Toolkit Components

The bilingual toolkit consists of a training manual, a flipchart to use during the educational sessions, and patient handouts to give to participants during the class.

Training Manual (Bilingual: Spanish and English)
This training manual covers four topics:

  1. Diabetes and How It Affects the Kidneys
  2. Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
  3. Living with Kidney Disease
  4. Treating Kidney Failure

Each section of the manual provides CHWs with talking points and activities that provide additional information and context for specific pages in the flipchart. It also contains questions and answers about common misconceptions on each topic.

Download the Training Manual (PDF, 1.89 MB)

If you are a community health worker and are interested in ordering a training manual, call 1-800-860-8747.


Image of a flipchart for community health workers

Flipchart (Bilingual: Spanish and English)
The flipchart is an educational tool designed to help CHWs lead classes and present important information to participants. Each page of the flipchart has two sides:

  • participant-facing side that features images and figures to help participants understand the content.
  • A CHW-facing side with talking points to guide the presentation.

Download Bilingual Flipchart (PDF, 2.11 MB)
Download English Flipchart (PPT, 7.01 MB)
Download Spanish Flipchart (PPT, 7.04 MB)

If you are a community health worker and are interested in ordering a flipchart, call 1-800-860-8747.

Patient education materials to send home with participants after the session

For People with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure (PDF, 2.63 MB)
Explains the key risk factors for CKD and the importance of getting tested.

Chronic Kidney Disease: What Does It Mean for Me? (PDF, 1.88 MB)
Explains the basics of CKD for recently diagnosed patients.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Medicines: What You Need to Know (PDF, 888.35 KB)
Explains how to use medicines to people with CKD and encourages patients to turn to pharmacists for information and support.

Eating Right for Kidney Health: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease (PDF, 175.28 KB)
Provides an overview of the basics of nutrition and CKD.

Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease: Food Label Reading (PDF, 178.2 KB)
For educating patients on how to read food labels.

Your Kidney Test Results (PDF, 262.37 KB)
For assessing and discussing test results with CKD patients.

December 2015
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