AAKP and CareerEco Partner to Connect Employers to Kidney Patients, Including Veterans

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the nation’s largest kidney patient organization, is expanding its collaboration with CareerEco (, a longtime AAKP partner, to provide remote and hybrid jobs Virtual recruitment event on May 26, 2022. The AAKP and CareerEco have partnered for more than five years to provide employment opportunities for kidney disease patients and U.S. Army veterans with kidney disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly brutal for kidney patients, especially minorities, resulting in an extremely high mortality rate among immunocompromised kidney patients managing multiple chronic conditions and those on dialysis. Kidney transplant recipients also remain at extremely high risk due to their immunosuppressive medications and the resulting comparative lack of efficacy of COVID vaccines on this population. Kidney patients have never had greater difficulty maintaining secure employment or re-entering the workforce in a way that meets their need for security, dialysis flexibility, and/or appointment assistance. you medical if necessary.

“In 2017, CareerEco was honored to launch our partnership with the AAKP to raise awareness through their Veterans Health Initiative at a virtual fair that empowered veterans, active duty personnel, and people dependent on connecting with more than 45 graduate schools in the Yellow Ribbon Program to discuss their programs, admission criteria, and military educational benefits.We thank the AAKP for their continued support and sponsorship of our upcoming event. virtual recruitment of remote and hybrid jobs and look forward to future collaborations that continue to support all of the communities that AAKP serves,” says Gayle Oliver-Path, CEO and Founder of CareerEco.

Richard Knight, President of the AAKP, a former dialysis and transplant patient for 15 years, says, “As an individual who has worked all my years on dialysis and now teaches at a local college, I know that employment offers both a sense of purpose and income protection for kidney patients as they navigate the myriad of medical appointments and unforeseen issues that arise when managing kidney failure. Career fairs remote and virtual sessions that AAKP has hosted in partnership with CareerEco have proven to be invaluable to all patients, especially minorities, veterans and their families. Gayle Oliver-Path is a great American and great entrepreneur, and we We are very pleased with the expansion of our partnership with CareerEco.” Knight is a former senior congressional aide and business consultant with substantial experience working with the Congressional Black Caucus and congressional committees overseeing small business and employment issues.

The virtual recruitment event for remote and hybrid jobs will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Interested individuals can register for free at Participants will be able to:

  • Engage through pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.
  • Access organizational profiles and job postings.
  • Use audio or video capabilities in private interactions.
  • Upload their resumes and other documents for reps to review.
  • Establish easy and effective links with representatives of various organizations.

Edward V. Hickey, III, USMC, AAKP Vice President and Chair of the AAKP Veterans Health Initiative, says, “People with kidney disease have the same dreams and aspirations as everyone else: to stay active, start or support a family, buy a home, retire safely, and contribute to society.Through our ongoing partnership with CareerEco, AAKP is expanding support for kidney disease patients, including veterans suffering from this disease, to align their treatment care choices with the new job opportunities and financial needs of their families. We are delighted with our partnership and look forward to more virtual career fairs with CareerEco, including events dedicated to veterans managing kidney disease.” Hickey is a former administrative assistant at Capitol Hill, a former senior adviser to the director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management and an appointee at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Paul T. Conway, president of policy and global affairs for the AAKP, says, “Small business owners, corporate executives and other employers across America are competing to recruit, hire and retain talented people. and highly skilled workers, and have creatively integrated remote work technologies and more flexible benefits programs.The nature of work has transformed and management has been forced to evolve to remain competitive.In this environment, Americans with kidney disease and disabilities have tremendous opportunities to chart their own futures and avoid addiction. We thank CareerEco and all employer participants for respecting patients as people who are not defined by their disease.” Conway is a former Chief of Staff for the US Department of Labor and the US Office of Personnel Management, and a television news contributor on issues related to national unemployment and the economy.

The AAKP’s national strategy supports patient care choice in kidney treatment, such as the aggressive expansion of home dialysis and transplantation therapies, including the accelerated development of implantable and wearable artificial organs, to that patients can choose treatments that best match their aspirations to continue full-time or part-time work, advance in their careers, build financial and retirement security, and contribute to society without depending on an income from disability. The AAKP is committed to reversing a decades-old status quo in kidney care that has traditionally relegated patients to corporate center dialysis care without providing patients with thorough and ongoing education about their dialysis choices. at home or kidney transplantation.

Since its founding in 1969, the AAKP has defined kidney disease as a health and workforce issue. It is estimated that one in seven adults in the United States, or approximately 37 million people, suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many people with CKD who are of working age are working, but many lose their jobs and benefits or stop working once their kidney disease progresses to kidney failure – where therapy is needed. kidney replacement such as dialysis or kidney transplantation. In 1973, AAKP founders helped secure passage through Congress, with President’s endorsement Richard Nixonnationwide dialysis coverage, now known as the End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD) program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS), as a gateway to transplant and rehabilitation so patients kidneys could re-enter the workforce and leave the rolls disability if they were able to do so.

About the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP): Founded in 1969, the AAKP is the largest kidney patient organization leading policy discussions about kidney patient care choice and therapeutic innovations. In 1973, AAKP patient collaborations with the U.S. Congress and the White House resulted in dialysis coverage for anyone with kidney failure, creating the only taxpayer-funded compensation program and disease-specific in America. This program, the End Stage Renal Disease Program (ESRD) administered by CMS, has saved more than one million lives. Over the past decade, AAKP patients have helped achieve lifetime transplant drug coverage for kidney transplant recipients (2020); new patient-centric policies via the president Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (2019); new job protections for living organ donors under the US Department of Labor’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (2018); and Congressional legislation authorizing HIV-positive organ transplants for HIV-positive patients (2013). AAKP’s virtual platforms and social networks are internationally recognized for their impact. Follow AAKP on social media at @kidneypatient on Facebook and @kidneypatients on Twitterand visit for more information.

Jennifer Rate
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SOURCE American Kidney Patients Association

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