A team of researchers from the Welch Center and the School of Medicine have collaborated to create a prize-winning video as part of their Talking About Living Kidney Donation (TALK) Study. The TALK video has earned a bronze “Telly” award in the health and Wellness category. “Tellies” are prestigious awards bestowed on the best productions in video media in areas not recognized by the “Oscars,” such as local and regional television, web commercials, and non-theatrical film and video productions.
The TALK team set out to design culturally sensitive educational and behavioral interventions in several formats, including a video, written booklet, and social worker counseling, in order to enhance patient and family consideration of living kidney donation as a treatment option. The video is about 20 minutes in length and is intended to be viewed by patients and families at home. The video was shot in and around Baltimore and features members of the TALK team, kidney patients at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and their families.
The TALK study is carried out by a consortium of faculty and staff from Hopkins and staff from the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Team members in the Welch Center include Dr. Ebony Boulware, Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs, Dr. Neil Powe, Ms. Mikiko Senga and Ms. Kira Evans. Other team members in the JHU School of Medicine include Dr. Bernard Jaar, nephrologist, Dr. Ed Kraus, transplant nephrologist, and Dr. J. Keith Melancon, transplant surgeon. Drs. Boulware and Powe are the co-principal investigators of the TALK study. TALK is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The 2008 Telly awards have yet to be posted on the Telly website, but information about the history and nature of the awards can be found there. Look for the final cut of the video to be released very soon.
Kudos to TALK team members for their star quality in video as well as in research!
Ed Kraus, MD, Mikiko Senga, MPH, and Ebony Boulware, MD