CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative was congressionally mandated in 2006 to build capacity and infrastructure for a public health approach to CKD in recognition of this growing problem in the United States. Kidney disease ranks as the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 10%, or more than 20 million, U.S. adults have CKD and most of them are not aware of their condition.
The CKD Initiative currently includes surveillance, epidemiology, and state-based demonstration projects and economic studies in collaboration with partners from other government agencies, universities, and national organizations. Early detection and treatment of patients with CKD can help prevent or delay cardiovascular death and progression to kidney failure.
To accomplish our goal, CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation is collaborating with other divisions and centers at CDC and developing an external partnership network with other federal agencies, national groups, and other interested partners.
- Assess and monitor the burden of CKD and its risk factors and related preventive practices in the United States.
- Develop models to assess the economic burden of CKD.
- Develop methods to identify populations at risk of developing CKD.
- Develop and implement public health strategies to prevent the development of CKD and reduce its progression to kidney failure and premature death.
- Study the natural history of CKD.