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The Alliance Conversation Series
Debunking the Myths: An Exploration of Common Religious, Ethnic, and Cultural Stereotypes

Presented on: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The sessions encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

OPTIONAL BREAKOUT SESSION: 3 pm – 3:30 pm EST / 12 pm – 12:15 pm PST

Overview: Cultural insensitivity, or the act of prematurely judging an individual without full knowledge and understanding of their cultural background, is a common occurrence that tends to lead to unfavorable outcomes. Stereotypes and preconceived notions that we may have about a particular person, culture, or religion can significantly impact the way we engage and communicate with one another, especially in instances of death and grief—bearing in mind that we need to acknowledge what preconceived notions we may have when approaching sensitive conversations with patients and their families. This session will highlight common stereotypes concerning underserved communities and explore how those misconceptions impact healthcare.

Added Learning Opportunity (optional) We encourage you to continue with us for an optional 30-minute Breakout Session that will take place following this session at 3pm ET/2pm CT/ 1pm MT/12 pm PT. These breakout discussions will serve as a value opportunity to connect with your peers in the community in small, collaborative groups and apply lessons learned from the general session. Following the breakout session, we will reconvene with our speakers to share key insights and strategies identified.

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: The breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to share in a deeper discussion around myths, perceptions, biases, and experiences related to culture and donation. We will also review strategies to overcome personal bias and premature judging.


  • Identify common misconceptions surrounding specific religious, ethnic, and cultural beliefs with respect to donation.
  • Demonstrate literacy regarding various religious perspectives to ensure that conversations with potential donor families are built on trust and connection.
  • Employ lessons learned to practice cultural humility and demonstrate an understanding of various cultural backgrounds.
  • Evaluate common stereotypes and overcome personal preconceived notions about a person’s culture, race, ethnicity, or religion. Appraise and overcome stereotypes and preconceived notions that we may have about a person, culture, or religion.
  • Describe the negative impact of cultural insensitivity, or the premature judging of an individual or family, on organ donation and transplantation outcomes.
Brian Carwana
Brian Carwana
Executive Director
Encounter World Religions Centre

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits are no longer available for this learning opportunity.

Knowing is Half the Battle: Using SRTR Data to Monitor Transplant Program Performance
National Academies Study on Organ Transplantation: Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System