Colleen received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She has been a social worker with the Michigan Medicine adult kidney and pancreas transplant team since 2005. In conjunction with the transplant center outreach team, Colleen provides dialysis outreach support with the goal of strengthening relationships with dialysis staff and improving coordination of care for our mutual patients on the path to transplant. She is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker through the Society of Transplant Social workers and is on the STSW board as the Research cochair.
The patient experience of organ transplantation may seem singular and unique for a newly diagnosed patient. Incorporating peer to peer support within a transplant program enhances the patient’s learning experience by providing support from a fellow patient who can share their personal journey. This webinar will explore the development of a vibrant peer mentor program at a large transplant center and discuss the infrastructure and peer volunteer support needed to sustain such a program. Two active peer mentors will share their personal experiences and highlight the impact of peer-to-peer support of transplant recipients and living donors across the transplant journey.