The policy efforts of the Center for Health Action and Policy (CHAP) bring together the best clinical, scientific, legislative, and regulatory minds to better address the challenges of chronic illness. Working with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, CHAP seeks to create new and better solutions to policy problems including, but not limited to:

  • Improvement of healthcare access;
  • Integration of health care services;
  • Improvement of drug policies;
  • Reduction of health disparities;
  • Achievement of greater value in health care spending, not merely reduction of costs;
  • Timely, but appropriate use of new technologies, and
  • Improved health promotion and disease prevention practices.
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CHAP hosts roundtables and symposiums to bring together experts with diverse backgrounds, including patient activists, to discuss the unique challenges facing kidney disease patients. Each roundtable begins with a keynote presentation, but most of the day is spent in lively discussion with all participants. The goal of each roundtable is to finish the day with a list of action items and pilot programs to address the topic. 

Previous roundtables include: 

  • Health Literacy and Renal Disease: Promoting Prevention and Achieving Improved Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease and End Stage Renal Disease 
  • Mental Health as it Relates to Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease and End Stage Renal Disease
  • Nutrition and  Renal Disease: What can we do to improve outcomes in individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease and End Stage Renal Disease?