Jennifer Aguilar

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
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Brief Bio

Jennifer Aguilar is a Community Outreach Specialist at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network a role in which she provides public education and awareness on the importance of organ & tissue donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. For the past six years Jennifer’s work has focused on working in underserved communities to bring much needed information and dispel myths and misconceptions that prevent people from registering as organ & tissue donors. She has led various initiatives in Chicago’s historic Latino communities to create awareness for organ & tissue donation, one of them being the Light it Up Purple! campaign which lit up the iconic Little Village arch and Pilsen’s Plaza Tenochtitlan with purple lights and banners during the month of April to celebrate National Donor Awareness Month.

Jennifer was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, where she currently resides. Her biggest passion is giving back to her community though her work with Gift of Hope as well as her service as Board Secretary for the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and Board Director for the Little Village Community Foundation. Jennifer also serves as a Board Director for the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and is a founding member of DePaul University’s Latinx Alumni Chapter Committee. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & History from DePaul University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy and a Strategic Writing and Advancement for Nonprofits Graduate Certificate from DePaul University’s School of Public Service

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Advancing Equity to Save more Lives: The Latinx Community & The Ethical Paradox of Donation and Transplantation

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 2:00pm

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.

Overview: In the United States, the Latinx community, especially those that are undocumented, face significant barriers in healthcare. In this conversation, we will establish a foundational understanding of the Hispanic culture, values, and beliefs and discuss the ethical paradox Latinx people face when it comes to donation and transplantation. Our panel will share details about initiatives developed by OPOs, Transplant Centers, and State Legislatures to promote healthcare equity within the Latinx community and share best practices established to better serve the Latinx community in hospital and community settings.

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.

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