Original Webinar Information
African Americans comprise 11% of living organ donors yet constitute approximately 34% nationally of those waiting to receive a kidney transplant on the waiting list. There are many barriers to organ donation among minorities that include decreased awareness of transplantation, cultural mistrust of the medical community, financial concerns, and fear of the transplant operation. This webinar will discuss these barriers to organ donation and discuss interventions to overcome these barriers to aid in increasing acceptance of organ donation in the African American community.
At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:
- Discuss and understand some of the many barriers to organ donation, (deceased and living kidney donation) in the African American community and why such barriers exist.
- Discuss examples of some interventions that can be undertaken to lessen their barriers to organ donation and acceptance of organ donation in African American populations.
- List some examples and causes of health disparities afflicting African American populations.
- Become knowledgeable about what steps transplant surgeons and transplant professionals, elected officials and policy makers, and governmental agencies (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, CMS, and the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) can do to better utilize the existing supply of donor kidneys available for transplantation.
Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.