COVID-19 Resources

ASPN has been actively monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 and the emerging outbreaks within the United States and elsewhere.  We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our membership and the patients and families you serve.

We are awaiting word on plans for the upcoming PAS meeting and will share details as soon as they become available.

Members of our Clinical Affairs Committee have put together pertinent guidance below, on caring for renal patients.

ASPN- COVID-19 information

General COVID-19 updates:

CDC:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

CDC Webinar on COVID19 in pregnant women and children: (link not yet available)

General Family Information: AAP:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

CDC: Resources for higher risk individuals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Regional Contact Information for Hospital Preparedness Program (HHS recommends contacting local/state health departments if supplies are running low)

https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/hpp/Pages/find-hc-coalition.aspx


Information for Dialysis Centers:

CDC Dialysis Recommendations: Interim additional guidance for infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in outpatient hemodialysis facilities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/dialysis.html

American Society of Nephrology- COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Service- webinar: Slides: https://www.asn-online.org/g/blast/files/ASN_COVID-19_webinar_combined_slides_03.11.2020_Final.pdf

Webinar: https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/


Webinar Recording Available: COVID-19 Informational Webinar for Providers of Dialysis Services

On March 11, 2020, ASN conducted an informational webinar focusing on new COVID-19 guidance for dialysis facilities from CDC and a presentation on managing patients with COVID-19 who require dialysis. This 60-minute webinar explored the possible implications for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and the staff who care for them. The webinar featured presentations from Shannon Novosad, MD, of CDC, and Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN, and Liz McNamara, MN, RN, of Northwest Kidney Centers.

The webinar recording and slides have been posted on the NTDS website, which also has links to all updated materials from CDC. 


Kidney Transplant Information:

From American Society for Transplantation for transplant recipients: Coronavirus disease 2019: frequently asked questions.

American Society of Transplantation: COVID-19: FAQs for Organ Transplantation (geared more towards transplant providers): https://www.myast.org/sites/default/files/COVID19%20FAQ%20Tx%20Centers%20030220-1.pdf

US Department of Health and Human Services: Information for transplant programs and OPOs regarding 2019 novel Coronavirus: https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/news/information-for-transplant-programs-and-opos-regarding-2019-novel-coronavirus/

Association of organ procurement organizations: COVID-19 bulletin (information regarding organ procurement) https://www.aopo.org/information-about-covid-19-coronavirus-is-being-released-rapidly-we-will-post-updates-as-we-receive-them/

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2016-2021

 

Mission

The American Society of Pediatric Nephrology is an organization of pediatric nephrologists and affiliated health care professionals. Our primary goals are to promote optimal care for children with kidney disease through advocacy, education and research; and to disseminate advances in clinical practice and scientific investigation.

Goals
  1. Advance optimal care for children with kidney disease
  2. Enhance member and public awareness of ASPN activities
  3. Ensure a robust pediatric nephrology workforce
  4. Enrich the value of membership in ASPN to all its members
  5. Create and maintain a robust, stable infrastructure that will allow us to accomplish our mission
Strategies

1.1 Maximize effective partnerships with other professional organizations

1.2 Educate external agencies about the needs of children and pediatric nephrologists

1.3 Promote research focused on pediatric kidney disease

1.4 Support development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines

 

2.1 Develop communication plan aimed at internal stakeholders

2.2 Increase transparency of internal processes to the Society membership

2.3 Leverage existing, and develop new, communication platforms

 

3.1 Monitor and anticipate workforce needs

3.2 Increase resident/student interest in pediatric nephrology as a career

3.3 Improve professional satisfaction and decrease attrition of pediatric nephrologists

3.4 Involve and integrate affiliate members in workforce development, expansion and retention

 

4.1 Increase opportunities for, and encourage member engagement in, ASPN

4.2 Maximize opportunities and support for professional networking and leadership

4.3 Support the ability of ASPN members to perform clinical activities effectively

4.4 Provide access to effective educational resources and certification based on career stage

4.5 Promote the ability of members to participate in and conduct research

 

5.1 Ensure financial sustainability

5.2 Support and expand the ASPN Foundation as the mechanism for philanthropic opportunities

5.3 Maximize partnerships with patients and patient advocacy groups, other non-profits

5.4 Clarify and optimize the relationship with the CLB

5.5 Strengthen central office operations

5.6 Enhance technology capabilities to meet current and future needs