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AKHOMM would like to pay tribute to Nieltje Gedney, Executive Director of Home Dialyzors United (HDU). She passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023. We have lost a colleague, a passionate supporter of AKHOMM and a true friend. ​

Nieltje was a patient advocate for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a passionate supporter of home dialysis. Nieltje had end-stage kidney disease and was on home hemodialysis, but her disease did not define her. Her passion for helping others that had reached the point of requiring dialysis or had CKD became her mission. She wanted those that had CKD but were not at the point of needing dialysis or a kidney transplant, or those that were receiving

dialysis to have access to the best medicines and care. Nieltje also felt strongly about patient choice and shared decision-making with their healthcare team. She had the gift of bringing people together to learn from each other, learn about one another and work together to help drive those things she valued into healthcare policy and action. ​

 

We were fortunate to have Nieltje’s full support for our AKHOMM vision and mission to improve medication management in persons with kidney disease. Nieltje immediately said ‘Yes’ when asked to lead our Patient Engagement Committee. She helped AKHOMM develop our first patient video to understand how clinical pharmacists can help persons with kidney disease understand their medications, make sure they are working and safe for them to use. She helped amplify what AKHOMM was doing through HDU and other avenues such as the 2022 American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) National Patient Meeting where she co-presented on how AKHOMM could help patients.​We will greatly miss her leadership, passion and friendship.

-Wendy St. Peter, Director

CURRENT WORKGROUPS

ENGAGEMENT

TASK: 
Engage key stakeholders to drive optimal medication management practices into new-value based kidney care models.

MEMBERS: 

Wendy St. Peter, co-Leader and AKHOMM Director, PharmD, FCCP, FASN, FNKF

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Tracy Anderson-Haag, co-Leader, PharmD, BCPS, BCTXP, Kidney/Transplant Program, Pharmacy

Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN

Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDES, Scientific Director

Kidney Learning Solutions, National Kidney Foundation

Amanda Condon Martinez, PharmD, BCTXP, Clinical Pharmacist, Value-Based Care

KidneyLink

Paul Conway, Patient and Policy Advocate, Chair of Policy and Global Affairs, Past President

American Association of Kidney Patients, Kidney Health Initiative BoD

Chantale Daifi, PharmD, FNKF, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Nephrology and Hypertension

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

Rasheeda Hall, MD, MBA, MHS, Physician and Researcher

Duke University Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Yaakov Liss, MD, Nephrology

Caremount Medical, New York

Rebecca Maxson, AKHOMM Assistant Director, , PharmD, BCPS

Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy

Marissa Ostroff, PharmD, FAPhA, FCCP, Clinical Associate Professor of Ambulatory Care, Western New England University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Curtis Warfield, Patient and Patient Advocate, NKF-ASN eGFR and Race Taskforce member

Daniel Weiner, MD, MS, Nephrologist, Associate Medical Director, Dialysis Clinic, Tufts University

Eric Weinhandl, PhD, Epidemiologist, Biostatician, United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and Chronic Disease Research Group co-investigator

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

MEMBERS: 

Co-Chair: Marissa Ostroff

Co-Chair: Open

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA COMMITTEE

MEMBERS: 
 

Co-Chair: Chantale Daifi

Co-Chair: Amanda Condon Martinez 

Members: Marina Fahim, Leena Jamaleddin, Ngoc-Yen Pham

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

TASK: 
Develop curriculum framework and design curriculum for optimal medication management in patients with kidney diseases.

MEMBERS: 

Nancy Mason, Co-Leader, Clinical Professor Emerita

University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, PharmD, Renal Pharmacy Consultants LLC

Calvin Meaney, Co-Leader, PharmD, BCPS

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Joanna Hudson, Co-Leader, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASN, FCCP, FNKF

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy

Katie Cardone, PharmD, BCACP, FCCP

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Marisa Battistella, BSc, Phm, Pharm.D., ACPR, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

University of Toronto, and Clinical Pharmacist-Nephrology, University Health Network

Katie Cho, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Assistant Professor

Temple University School of Pharmacy

Patrick Gee, Patient Advocate

Quin Taylor, Patient Advocate

LEARNING AND ACTION COLLABORATIVE

TASK: 
Develop a Learning and Action Collaborative to aid practices with implementation of a pharmacist into the healthcare team to provide comprehensive medication management and demonstrate measurable value to patients, nephrology practices, value-based kidney care companies, health-systems and payors.

STEERING COMMITTEE: 
 

Andrew Traynor, Leader, PharmD, BCPS

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Other members to be announced.

PAST WORKGROUPS

PRACTICE STANDARDS

TASK: 
Develop pharmacy practice standards for optimal medication management in kidney disease.

MEMBERS: 

 

Katie Cardone, Co-Leader, PharmD, BCACP, FCCP

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Marisa Battistella, Co-Leader, BSc, Phm, Pharm.D., ACPR, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

University of Toronto, and Clinical Pharmacist-Nephrology, University Health Network

Rebecca Maxson, Project Manager, Pharm.D. BCPS, Associate Clinical Professor

Auburn University College of Pharmacy

Lori Wazny, PharmD.

Health Science Centre, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wasim El Nekidy, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BCIDP, Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist

Cleveland Clinic, UAE

Joe Davis, PharmD, BCPS, Supervisor, Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Services

Vidant Health

Sandy Gill, PharmD, MSc, FCCM, FCCP

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and School of Pharmacy

Katie Cho, PharmD, BCACP

University of Texas as El Paso School of Pharmacy

Lana Wong, PharmD

Veteran Affairs

Anusha McNamara, PharmD, Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist

San Francisco Department of Public Health

EDUCATION STANDARDS

TASK: 
Develop pharmacy education standards for optimal medication management in patients with kidney diseases

PHARMD EDUCATION & PHARM TECK WORK GROUP MEMBERS: 
 

Calvin Meaney, Leader, PharmD, BCPS

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rebecca Maxson, Project Manager, Pharm.D. BCPS, Associate Clinical Professor

Auburn University College of Pharmacy

Emily Ashijan, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES

University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

Katie Cho, PharmD, BCACP

University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy

Shellie Fravel, PharmD, BCPS

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Soo Min Jang, PharmD, BCACP

Loma Linda University of School of Pharmacy

Susan Lewis, PharmD

University of Findlay College of Pharmacy

Adam Diamond, PharmD, BCPS

Temple University Hospital

Liza Chapman, PharmD, FAPhA

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Board

Chris Daly, PharmD, MBA, BCACP

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Rhea Angeles, PharmD, Former Executive Fellow

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Board

POST-GRADUATE & PRACTICING PHARMACISTS WORK GROUP MEMBERS:

Joanna Hudson, Leader, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASN, FCCP, FNKF

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy

Elizabeth Goswami, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Nephrology

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jean Moon, PharmD, BCACP

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Bruce Mueller, PharmD

University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

Heather Nyman, PharmD, BCPS

University of Utah College of Pharmacy

Katherine Cho, PharmD, BCACP

University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy

Mary Vilay, PharmD

University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Amanda (Condon) Martinez, PharmD, BCPS, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist

Solid Organ Transplant and Medical City Dallas

 

Erin Barreto, PharmD, RPh, Clinical Pharmacist

Mayo Clinic

Tom Nolin, PharmD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

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