A Reinvigorated Emergency Partnership Initiative

Jeffrey I. Silberzweig
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The ASN Emergency Partnership Initiative (EPI) is a coalition of organizations allied to provide support to people with kidney diseases affected by disasters. Motivated by the adage coined by Benjamin Franklin in 1736, “An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure,” ASN's EPI seeks to help patients, caregivers, and practitioners anticipate and prepare for disasters that are likely to affect the regions where they live. EPI efforts recognize that disasters impact and may exaggerate historic sociodemographic inequities, so this initiative includes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as justice.

EPI will continue to serve as a vehicle for care coordination and early intervention via its collaboration with disaster-relief agencies, dialysis companies, state and federal officials, and kidney disease experts. EPI focuses on events throughout the United States and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on disasters that are a result of climactic factors. Recent data show increasing severity of disasters in correlation with climate change. As such, EPI will work toward a better understanding of the relationship between climate change and kidney diseases.

In 2023, EPI engaged with members of its newly seated steering committee and created a new website to host resources, education, and materials in key areas, including:

  • Community and federal emergency partners

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Unique situations

Visit the new EPI webpage (https://epc.asn-online.org/projects/epi/) for resources and information.

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