Kidney Disease Task Force

Task Force Assignments

  • Senator Joann Ginal, as a member of the Senate

  • Representative Sheila Lieder, as a member of the House

  • Becky DiOrio, MPH, as the designee of Director Hunsaker Ryan 

  • Dr. Terri Richardson, as a member from an organization representing the health interests of minoring populations 

  • Matt Dietz, L.S.W., as a member representing the renal provider community

  • Kelli Strother, as a member from a nonprofit organization focusing on kidney disease

  • John Gutowski, representing a Colorado Medical Center with a program dedicated to treating kidney disease

  • Dr. Seth Levey, representing the nephrologist community

  • Michael Peoples, representing the kidney patient community

House Bill 21-1171

Bill Summary: 

The act creates the kidney disease prevention and education task force (task force) and makes an appropriation. The task force consists of members that are part of the general assembly and members that are not part of the general assembly. The task force's purpose is to evaluate and make recommendations to the general assembly about the detection, treatment, education, and awareness of kidney disease in Colorado.
The task force has the following duties:

  • To work with various entities to create kidney disease educational programs and increase overall awareness of kidney disease in Colorado;

  • To examine chronic kidney disease, transplantation, donation, and the higher rates of affliction in minority populations; and

  • To develop a plan to raise awareness about kidney disease in Colorado, which shall include an ongoing campaign that incorporates health workshops, preventative screenings, social media campaigns, and television and radio commercials.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Next task force meeting 

Kidney Task Force meetings are open to the public.

The next kidney task force meeting will be Friday, September 15, 2023, from 8-9:30 a.m. MST, conducted virtually using Zoom.

Join the meeting

Or call: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 894 7853 7664

Meeting Materials

The meeting agenda and previous meeting notes can be found by clicking on the meeting materials link above and opening the corresponding folders.


For questions about the kidney task force, please email: Ali Walker, ali.walker@uchealth.org