Chronic Kidney Disease and the It Takes Two™ Initiative

Dr. Charles Vega, MD, Family Medicine Specialist and Director of Irvine’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community discusses Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly’s launch of It Takes 2, a new health initiative to elevate the importance of complete testing and early diagnosis of kidney disease, particularly among those who have type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure and are at greater risk for it. Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly partnered with musical artist Rob Base to release a remix of his ‘80’s hit song “It Takes Two” that underscores how It Takes 2 people – a patient and a healthcare professional – and two tests– eGFR and UACR – to detect kidney disease. View the “It Takes 2 – The Remix” music videos and access educational resources on the initiative’s website at

Charles Vega, M.D., is a family medicine specialist and Director of UC Irvine’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community. He has spent his entire 27-year medical career at UCI’s Family Health Center, the largest safety-net clinic in Orange County, where he teaches medical students and residents. His academic interests are focused on access to quality, compassionate medical care for underserved populations, and the development of training programs to promote this vision of healthcare. He is a member of various associations, including American Academy of Family Practice, California Academy of Family Physicians, California Medical Association and National Hispanic Medical Association.

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