WHO WE ARE
At KCP, we are working together to improve quality of care, choice and access for individuals living with kidney diseases.
WHO WE ARE
Kidney Care Partners (KCP) is a non-profit coalition of more than 30 organizations, comprising patients, dialysis professionals, physicians, nurses, researchers, therapeutic innovators, transplant coordinators, and manufacturers.
KCP members are committed to meeting patients’ needs at every stage along the care continuum, and our diverse membership shares a broad vision of KCP policy priorities. These priorities range across the full spectrum of the disease cycle from education and prevention to early intervention to dialysis and, finally, to transplant and post-transplant care.
Our policy priorities for 2022 focus on supporting patient choice and access in coverage options, treatment modalities, and innovative treatments and services; transforming the Medicare ESRD benefit into a more patient-centered program, advancing quality to promote transparency and patient-centered decision-making, and ensuring access to care for individuals living with kidney disease as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Michele Kimball joined KCP as the Executive Director in December 2021. She brings over 30 years of policy and patient advocacy experience to the position.
Prior to joining KCP, Kimball served in a number of leadership roles working to bring change in the healthcare system to benefit patients and support their professional and informal caregivers. Previously, she served more than 20 years as both a health policy advocate for AARP in Washington, DC, as well as the Director of AARP’s Minnesota State Office. Most recently, she was the President and CEO of Physicians for Fair Coverage, a national, multi-specialty, non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that successfully and collaboratively worked to end surprise medical billing at both the state and federal levels, and was the Principal and Founder of AdvocateUS, working with numerous national organizations to support efforts to enhance patient access to affordable care.
Christine Walizer is Kidney Care Partner’s Operations and Membership Director, managing aspects of the Association’s operations, programs, and internal communications, and interfaces with members on involvement and organizational matters. She first joined KCP in 2014 as Assistant Director of Operations, providing support in member communications, program management, and background maintenance.
Christine is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science from the Pamplin College of Business. She focused her studies on management and marketing, while competing for the Hokies Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. Christine resides in Potomac Falls, Virginia with her husband and their three children.