September 17, 2014  

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Southern Miss Professor Helps Launch Campaign to Fight Kidney Disease

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Pictured left to right: Dr. Desmond Williams, Center for Disease Control; Dr. Maria Devita, American Society of Hypertension; Marsha Goins, U.S. Office on Women's Health; Dr. Rowena Elliott, president, American Nephrology Nurses Association; Laila Ali, "Pair Up" celebrity spokesperson; Laverne Best-Yard, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Leah Watson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Rowena Elliott, associate professor of nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, is taking an active role in the fight against kidney disease.

Elliott, national president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), recently returned from a trip to New York City where she participated in the launch of “Pair Up,” a national awareness campaign addressing kidney disease. The event, held in Times Square, included celebrity spokesperson Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Through Elliott’s leadership, the ANNA joined four other organizations as partners with the American Kidney Fund to launch the nationwide program. The other organizations include the American Society of Hypertension; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; American Association of Diabetes Educators and the U.S. Office on Women’s Health.

The “Pair Up” campaign empowers women to protect themselves and the people they love from kidney disease. The campaign is working to increase public awareness that diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease.

“Pair Up” encourages women to join the fight against kidney disease by taking two simple actions: learn if they’re at risk for kidney disease and spread the word about kidney disease to friends and loved ones who may be at risk.

To learn more about the program visit www.PairUpNow.org