BIDMC wrote -
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Grateful Nation Boston Marathon Team are committed to raising awareness of health care bias and promoting health equity in our communities. In 2013, we will continue to raise funds for the Healthy Champions Program at BIDMC-affiliate Bowdin Street Health Center and the work of theMartin R. Pollak, M.D., chief of the BIDMC Division of Nephrology.
Healthy Champions is an interactive program designed to create a way for economically disadvantaged young people to become ambassadors of health within their own families, schools, and the community. The Healthy Champions Program teaches Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood children wellness, prevention, and leadership and mentors them on spreading these important lessons to their families, neighbors, and school-age peers.
Dr. Pollak and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent. Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and Dr. Pollak and his team are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Over the next three to five years, Dr. Pollak aims to use his findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. He plans to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.