Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead medical assistant students and staff members spent an afternoon volunteering for an important preventative health care event in north Fargo. The group participated in the annual Kidney Early Intervention Program (KEEP), screening those who may be at risk for kidney disease. The free event tested people for hypertention, diabetes, etc.
The National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP Program offers free screening for those at risk – anyone 18 years and older with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease. It is designed to raise awareness about kidney disease among high risk individuals and provide free testing and educational information, so that kidney disease and its complications can be prevented or delayed. Often this is determined by testing for hypertension, diabetes, and other conditions that could show symptoms of kidney problems.
Medical Assistant Program Chair Meghan Pesch was a member of the KEEP committee that organized the event for the National Kidney Foundation. Pesch overcame kidney disease with the help of her brother, who donated a kidney to her.
“With my experiences, I have seen firsthand how important early detection of kidney disease symptoms are,” Pesch said. “I am glad our staff and students were able to be a part of this event and hope to remain involved in the future.”
Other medical assistant students from Minnesota School of Business also volunteered to perform vitals, lab tests, interview participants, and collect urine as an applied learning project. Earlier this year, the campus was a sponsor for the Kidney Walk at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, with funds raised going towards the testing and supplies for this screening.