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Moving Nephrology Care and Caregivers Forward

  • 1 Richard A. Lafayette, MD, is affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center and is Editor-in-Chief of ASN Kidney News
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As I considered possible developments in nephrology for this coming year, I could not help but think a bit further forward to the year 2020. This led me to think more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2020 initiative (1), the national blueprint designed to bring about effective preventive care and improved health to the U.S. population by 2020. This ongoing initiative started decades ago, issuing 10-year plans and starting with general interventions such as ensuring a clean environment, drinkable water, good nutrition, increased exercise, and access to high-quality healthcare. The plan then moved