Task Force on Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a health condition that encompasses various levels of kidney damage, ranging from a decline in function to kidney failure. During the 2006 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly asked the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) to convene a task force to study CKD (Sec. 48 of Session Law 2006-248). The NCIOM Task Force on Chronic Kidney Disease explored ways to educate the public and health care providers about CKD, developed a plan for prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of CKD and its complications for the state’s population.

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Task Force Leadership

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Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury Section

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Leanne Skipper


National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina


There are just under one million people with CKD in North Carolina, not including those with kidney failure. Many individuals who have, or are at risk of developing, CKD are unaware of this problem, and fail to obtain appropriate care that can help them manage their health problems. This health issue disproportionately impacts African American and Native American populations.

The NCIOM Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force was asked to develop a plan to:

The findings and recommendations of the task force are presented in its report.