Path to Wellness

Program working with Arizona Living Well Institute and Arizona Kidney Foundation!

Program Leadership: 
Chair: Jack Foley, Class of 2019 (

Program Description: 

Path to Wellness is a free community health screening program provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona in collaboration with the Cardio Renal Society of America and other local health organizations.  Screenings are held throughout the state of Arizona on a sponsored basis, and are open to the public.

Path to Wellness screenings provide free blood and urine testing, which is evaluated onsite is using point-of-care testing devices to assess for the risk of diabetes, heart and kidney diseases. Those screened are also presented with chronic disease management education, an overall health assessment (weight, blood pressure, etc.) and a one-on-one consultation with a physician. Enrollment opportunities are offered for a follow-up 6-week series of Healthy Living workshops that teach chronic disease self-management skills.

Here are some highlights of Path to Wellness participation so far:
  • Since May 2013, the program has directly touched 671 people through a risk assessment or the actual screening. 
  • Two-thirds of those people were female and a third were male.
  • Two-thirds were Hispanic, 22% were Caucasian, 8% were African American, and 2% were Asian. We anticipate increasing diversity of participation based on the venues hosting our next two events. 
  • Participants self-reported an average of 5 risk factors for chronic disease before going through the screening. 
  • The average body mass index was 29.
  • The average Hemoglobin A1c was 6.1.
  • 8% of participants had a GFR <60.
  • 16% of participants had a systolic blood pressure >140.
  • 11% of participants had a diastolic blood pressure >90.
  • 34% of participants had total cholesterol >200.
  • 55% of participants had LDL cholesterol >100.
  • 22% of participants had a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio that was abnormal.
Upcoming Events: TBA