The Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the affiliate organization of Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC). Founded in 2012, the Center is led by a board of directors composed of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.

Our board, staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to the cause and bring a diverse set of skills and backgrounds that help sustain our mission.

The Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center is dedicated to empowering kidney disease patients through education, with continual collaboration from health professionals.

To create a world in which every kidney disease patient holds the power to improve his/her quality of life and is able to share that knowledge with others.

As an organization, our culture is driven by the desire to improve patients’ lives. To help guide our practices, we consistently turn to our core values, as they are the guiding principles that make us the leader in kidney disease patient education and empowerment. The Center promises:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Dedication
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Optimism
  • Respect

We focus on education to empower you to become an active participant in your healthcare and teach prevention as a tool to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease. The Center focuses on the advantages listed below:

  • Activities and programs to advance your choices and improve your health outcomes.
  • Improved access to cutting edge patient-driven educational materials.
  • Resources and trainings to become more active in your own care.
  • Preventive actions to stop or delay the onset of disease.
  • Collaboration between partners both inside and outside the kidney community to bring the best ideas to the table to advance patient care.

We have already accomplished so much. We’ve established a once-monthly education call schedule where leading health experts present on topics critical to the CKD and ESRD patient, classrooms on topics important to the health and wellness of CKD patients, as well as a renewed partnership with community partners such as the American Psychological Association to bring engaging and informative content to web visitors. We continue to develop new educational resources to help put DPC’s 30,000+ members in better control of their health. Upcoming goals include:

  • Launch a mentoring program, so patients can receive feedback and support from their peers;
  • Add a new Learning Management System, to encourage health professionals to take advantage of our patient-centered offerings;
  • Develop innovative tools that enable patients to become more active participants in their care decisions;
  • Produce educational resources in multiple formats and languages to help increase our reach;
  • Conduct outreach and develop resources that reach underserved patients and new markets;
  • Promote prevention and wellness activities to delay the onset of kidney failure, while better preparing patients for the transition to dialysis and transplantation; and
  • Explore policy interventions to increase patient engagement in their care.