It’s that time again! DCI is now accepting applications for Purpose Project ideas for 2019. One of DCI’s core pillars is kidney disease education, and a Purpose Project is an excellent opportunity to build a bridge of support and communication between your clinic and local community.

What is a Purpose Project?

A Purpose Project is a service project that your clinic hosts to educate your local community about chronic kidney disease and organ donation. In September 2019, the polls will open for the best overall Purpose Project and the most impactful Purpose Project. The winning clinics will receive a cash prize to be used for educational purposes next year.

How do I apply?

You can register your project by clicking the application button above. The deadline for submission is Dec. 6, 2018. DCI Public Information will email and share the final list of approved projects on DCI’s website and social media no later than January 14, 2019.

What are some examples of a Purpose Project?

In previous years, Purpose Projects have ranged from planting gardens with patients and serving kidney-friendly salad to creating an impactful video series about pediatric dialysis. The Projects can be as creative as the clinics want them to be, as long as their community benefits from the Project and learns about kidney disease in the process. Some ideas:

  1. Teach classes at educational institutions (elementary through college) or at the local hospital. Create a “semester plan” that includes speaking to students in a nutrition, nursing or medical sciences class about dialysis, transplantation or a renal diet. Join in a university’s health fair and educate the students about dialysis and career opportunities in the field; provide free blood pressure screenings. Create kidney education worksheets or crossword puzzles for elementary science classes or after school programs and take kidney friendly snacks. Work with the local hospital to provide a lunch and learn event to hospitalists regarding dialysis care and chronic kidney disease interventions. Introduce REACH Kidney Care to the hospital teams.
  2. Provide grocery store shopping tours. Create renal friendly shopping lists, partner with your local grocery store and invite patients and community members to learn more about a kidney friendly diet. Raffle off the DCI Kidney Cooking cookbook. Great places to invite community members include nursing homes, urgent care centers, gyms, diet and wellness centers, yoga studios, etc.
  3. Create a video that fills an educational need. Could your patients benefit from hearing other patients talk about being employed and travelling on dialysis? Work with your team and patients to identify educational gaps. Create an educational (and motivational!) video.
  4. Host an event with a community partner(s). Gather community partners together for an athletic event (3K walk, dodge ball challenge, softball tournament) and involve the local hospital, YMCA, food pantry, etc. Set up booths at the event. Provide education and screenings. Have the community bring food for the food pantry. Offer health screenings during the event.

Where can I find more information?

Any questions regarding information on individual Purpose Projects can be directed to Please be sure to inlcude “Purpose Project” in the subject line of your email.