Chronic Kidney Disease
What We Do
The purpose of the CKD initiative is to implement programs and projects to make people aware of the health disparities in chronic kidney disease and to utilize all resources to educate those at a higher risk about the prevalence, prevention,treatment, and management of the underlying causes of CKD. The initiative allows SNPhA to make a great impact on healthcare by aiding in improving the health of CKD patients and decreasing the healthcare disparities in minority communities.
Arlene Thomas: CKD cochair
“Hi everyone my name is Arlene Thomas and I’m one of the Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative Co-Chairs! I am from Gilbert, Arizona where I did most of my undergrad at University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). I am fairly new to Texas as my family and I moved to Houston two summers ago. I spent one year at UH before starting pharmacy school last fall. Other than my love for SNPhA, food and dance are two of my greatest passions. I am very excited to be one of the initiative chairs for SNPhA, an organization which primarily focuses on serving the underserved and giving back to the community. As students in the health profession, we are in the best position to impact lives in the community by providing education as well promoting the importance of health and wellness. My co-chair and I are excited for events we have planned for the upcoming year, I hope you will join us as we try to make a positive impact in the lives we touch.”
Hoda El-Haj : CKD Co-chair
“Hi, my name is Hoda El-Haj, and I am one of this year’s Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chairs. Before entering UHCOP, I attended the University of Houston for undergraduate, completing the pre-pharmacy prerequisites. As a P2, I am excited to represent SNPhA after seeing the amazing work accomplished by the previous officers. After shadowing a kidney transplant pharmacist and seeing how detrimental uncontrolled diabetes and blood pressure can be on the kidneys and one’s livelihood through an experience of a family member, I became very passionate about raising awareness about the conditions that can lead to CKD. I look forward to working with everyone to aid in SNPhA’s mission to serve those in need and positively impact our community.”