Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance has taken on a leadership position in healthcare by expanding its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to help educate and promote diverse talent at The Alliance and the organ donation and transplantation community through active recruitment, retention, mentoring, and training efforts.

Leveraging the 2022 NASEM report on organ transplants, we will be addressing ongoing disparities in access to donation and transplantation across the organ donation and transplantation continuum. Our endeavors will support our colleagues to attain the highest level of performance among donor hospitals, Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) and transplant centers through our Advancement Series, Conversation Series, Terminology Resource and DEI Community Resource Toolbox.

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Diversity: Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences. Diversity encompasses the range of similarities and differences each individual brings to the workplace, including but not limited to national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures.

Equity: Equity ensures that all individuals, regardless of their social, economic, demographic, or geographic background are afforded the same opportunities. It is the belief that no one is less than nor should they have poorer life chances based on where they come from, the way the were raised, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Likewise, equality in healthcare is the belief that all individuals, regardless of their background, receive the same treatment with respect to health determinants, access to resources needed to improve and maintain health, or health outcomes. Health inequality entails a failure to avoid or overcome inequalities that infringe on fairness and human rights norms.

Inclusion: Inclusion should be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce. Inclusion is the process of creating a working culture and environment that recognizes, appreciates, seeks out and effectively utilizes the talents, skills, and perspectives of every employee; uses employee skills to achieve the agency’s objectives and mission; connects each employee to the organization; and encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness.

The DEI Focused Conversation Series spotlights optimal practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion effective practices within the donation and transplantation community. Our rapid-paced, “all teach all learn” discussion allows participants to join the conversation and share their knowledge, experience, and personal testimonials as it relates to biases, stereotyping, cultural intelligence, and health disparities among the underserved communities.

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Knowing the important language of DEI will help establish one’s credibility. But just as important, when someone makes the effort to fully understand and embrace the meaning behind these terms, you demonstrate your empathy, a vital component of being a true ally.

DEI language is important in signaling support which is an important step in the process of fostering greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Resources:

2022

National Academy of Medicine: Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System (2022)

Kenneth W. Kizer, Rebecca A. English, Meredith Hackmann, Editors; Committee on A Fairer and More Equitable, Cost-Effective, and Transparent System of Donor Organ Procurement, Allocation, and Distribution; Board on Health Sciences
Policy; Board on Health Care Services; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

National Academy of Medicine
2022

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Healthcare Workforce

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS, J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Jun; 112(3): 247–249.

2022

A systematic approach to transplanting non-resident, non-citizens in an established US pediatric lung transplant program

S Alhaider 1J M Maddox 2J S Heinle 3I Shebaro 4G B Mallory, Int J Pediatr Med. 2022 Mar;9(1):16-21

2022

Effectiveness of a culturally competent care intervention in reducing disparities in Hispanic live donor kidney transplantation: A hybrid trial

Elisa J Gordon 1Jefferson J Uriarte 2Jungwha Lee 3Raymong Kang 4Michelle Shumate 5Richard Ruiz 6Amit K Mathur 7Daniela P Ladner 8Juan Carlos Caicedo, Clinical Trial, AM J Transplant. 2022 Feb;22(2):474-488.

2022

A Qualitative Study in Family Units on Organ Donation: Attitude, Influencing Factors and Communication Patterns of Chinese families

Aijing Luo1,2,3, Haiyan He1,3,4, Zehua Xu1,3,5, Wei Ouyang1,3,4, Yang Chen4, Ke Li1,3,4 and Wenzhao Xie1,3,4*, ESOT Transplant International

2022

Organ Donation Willingness Among Asian Americans: Results from a National Study

Gerard P Alolod 1Heather M Gardiner 2Ryan Blunt 2Recai M Yucel 3Laura A Siminoff, J. Racial Ethn Health Disparities, 2022 May 20

2022

Factors that Influence Organ Donor Registration Among Asian American Physicians in Queens, New York

Miah T Li # 1 2Grace C Hillyer # 3Daniel W Kim 1 2Kristen L King 1 2 4S Ali Husain 1 2Sumit Mohan, J Immigr Minor Health, 2022 Apr;24(2):394-402

2022

“We Need a System that’s Not Designed to Fail Māori”: Experiences of Racism Related to Kidney Transplantation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Rachael C Walker 1Sally Abel 2Suetonia C Palmer 3 4Curtis Walker 5Nayda Heays 6David Tipene-Leach, J Racial Ethn Health Disparities, 2022 Jan 11;1-9
2022

Indigenous Pact: Health Equity for Indian Country

2022

Religious and cultural aspects of organ donation: Narrowing the gap through understanding different religious beliefs

Katja Doerry 1Jun Oh 1Deirdre Vincent 1Lutz Fischer 2Sebastian Schulz-Jürgensen. Pediatric Transplant. 2022 Jun 23;e14339

2022

Moving Toward Antibigotry, Boston University, Center for Antiracist Research

Boston University: Center for Antiracist Research
2022

CDC: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (State by State Guide)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2022

Nurse.org: 10 Tips For Caring For LGBTQIA+ Patients

Nurse.org
2022

CME & CE Credits for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Medical Assistants

National LGBT Center for Health Education
2022

What Trans Health Providers Should know

Trans Health
2022

UC Santa Barbara Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity: LGBTQIA+ Glossary

UC Santa Barbara
2022

University of Connecticut Rainbow Center LGBTQIA+ Dictionary

University of Connecticut
2022

American Medical Association: Center for Health Equity

The AMA Center for Health Equity works to embed health equity across the AMA organization so that health equity becomes part of the practice, process, action, innovation, and organizational performance and outcomes.

2022

Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts (AMA)

The AAMC and AMA understand that while the goal of health equity is inclusive of all communities, it cannot be achieved without explicit recognition and reconciliation of our country’s twin, fundamental injustices of genocide and forced labor. We must remember that we carry our ancestors in us, and we are continually called to be better as we lead this work toward the pursuit of racial justice, equity and liberation.

2022

American Psychological Association: Inclusive Language Guidelines

For the first time, APA is systematically and institutionally examining, acknowledging, and charting a path forward to address its role in racism and other forms of destructive social hierarchies including, but not limited to, sexism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, classism, and religious bigotry. The organization is assessing the harms and is committing to true change. This requires avoiding language that perpetuates harm or offense toward members of marginalized communities through our communications.

As we strive to further infuse principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into the fabric of society, those committed to effecting change must acknowledge language as a powerful tool that can draw us closer together or drive us further apart. Simply put, words matter. The words we use are key to creating psychologically safe, inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environments.

2022

Infórmate: Information on Kidney Donation for Hispanics and Latinos

2022

U.S. Hispanic population continued its geographic spread in the 2010s

2022

What’s the Difference Between Latino and Hispanic?

2022

Recommendations to Provide More Equitable Services for the Latino Community

2022

‘I Am Not The Doctor For You’: Physicians’ Attitudes About Caring For People With Disabilities

Tara Lagu, Carol Haywood, Kimberly Reimold, Christene DeJong, Robin Walker Sterling. Lisa I. Iezzoni, HEALTH AFFAIRSVOL. 41, NO. 10: DISABILITY & HEALTH

2022

Heart Transplantation With Older Donors: Should There Be an Age Cutoff?

Qiudong Chen 1Jon Kobashigawa 2Dominic Emerson 1Tahli Singer-Englar 2Dominick Megna 1Danny Ramzy 1Pedro Catarino 1Alfredo Trento 1Joanna Chikwe 1Michelle Kittleson 2Fardad Esmailian, Transplant Proc. 2022 Sep 30;S0041-1345(22)00493-6.

2022

COVID-19, Health Equity, and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities: Proceedings of a Workshop in Brief (2022)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (the National Academies’) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity planned and hosted a 2-day public workshop titled COVID-19, Health Equity, and the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Communities. The workshop focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique obstacles faced by the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities1 in achieving health equity.

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM)
2022

DEI in Health Systems: Fostering an Inclusive Environment for a Healthier Future

How can health system marketers ensure that their DEI programming is effectively helping historically underserved populations acquire the care they need? This report will explore how Black and non-Black people of color (POC)2 find and access their care, how these patients feel about their care experiences, and what health systems can do to promote equity and inclusivity.

Healthgrades
2022

Influence of Donor Race and Donor-recipient Race-matching on Pediatric Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Kennedy Sun 1Pamela Singer 1 2Abby Basalely 1 2Lawrence Lau 2Laura Castellanos 1 2Ahmed E Fahmy 2Lewis W Teperman 2Ernesto P Molmenti 2Elliot I Grodstein 2Christine B Sethna. Transplant Direct. 2022 May 9;8(6):e1324

2021

Healthcare Diversity in the Spotlight

AMN Healthcare Company
2021

Counteracting Negotiation Biases Like Race and Gender in the Workplace

Harvard Law School
2021

The Costs of Institutional Racism and its Ethical Implications for Healthcare

Amanuel Eliascorresponding author and Yin Paradies, J Bioeth Inq. 2021 Jan 2 : 1–14.

2021

Applied Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities Research Using Implicit Measures

Nao Hagiwara,1 John F. Dovidio,2 Jeff Stone,3 and Louis A. Penner, Soc Cogn. 2020 Nov; 38(Suppl): s68–s97.

2021

A Child Helps Your Career, if Your’re a Man

New York Times
2021

“National Academies Reports on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racism in STEMM Education and Workforce”

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
2021

Potential to Mitigate Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplant in the Hispanic/Latino Population With a Specialized Clinic: Single Center Study Representing Single State Data

PabloSerrano RodríguezaKristen R.SzempruchbPaula D.StrassleaDavid A.GerberaChirag S.Desai, Transpl Proceedings, Volume 53, Issue 6, July–August 2021, Pages 1798-1802

2021

Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Indigenous People of the Northern Great Plains of the United States

Hanna R.L.WileyaBrandon M.VarilekbHectorSaucedo-CrespocdSujit VijaySakpalcdeChristopherAuvenshinecdJefferySteerscdMorgan E.NelsonfgRobert N.Santel, Trans Proceedings,  Volume 53, Issue 6, July–August 2021, Pages 1872-1879

2021

National Minority Donor Awareness Month

Volume VII, Issue 2

2021

21st Century Lens on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Surgery Antiracism Symposium

Shaneeta M Johnson MD, MBA, John H Stewart, 4th, MD MBA, The American Surgeon, Vol 87, Issue 11, 2021

2021

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility: From organizational responsibility to leadership competency

Anne E Mullin 1Imogen R Coe 2Everton A Gooden 3 4Modupe Tunde-Byass 3Ryan E Wiley, Health Manage Forum, 2021 Nov;34(6):311-315.Epub 2021 Sep 17.

2021

Examining the Potential Impact of Race Multiplier Utilization in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Calculation on African-American Care Outcomes

Salman Ahmed 1Cameron T Nutt 2Nwamaka D Eneanya 3Peter P Reese 3Karthik Sivashanker 4 5Michelle Morse 2 6 7Thomas Sequist 2 8Mallika L Mendu, J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Feb;36(2):464-471..Epub 2020 Oct 15.

2021

Only the Young? Time for a Better Understanding of the Disparity Associated With Black Race in Heart Transplantation

Alanna A Morris, /CIRCHEARTFAILURE.121.008296. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

2021

Gender and racial disparities in lung transplantation in the United States

Leonard E Riley 1Jorge Lascano, J Heart Lung Transplant. 2021 Sep;40(9):963-969. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

2021

The Trevor Project: National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021

The Trevor Project
2021

Examination of social determinants of health among patients with limited English proficiency

Austin Fischer, Joseph Conigliaro,Shaun Allicock, Eun Ji Kim, BMC Research Notes, 14, Article number: 299 (2021)

2021

Mind the Gap: Acknowledging Deprivation Is Key to Narrowing Kidney Health Disparities in Both Children and Adults

Aviva M. Goldberg and O. N. Ray Bignall, 
2021

End Stage Kidney Disease in Non-citizen Patients: Epidemiology, Treatment, and an Update to Policy in Illinois

Brittney S Lange-Maia 1 2 3Tricia J Johnson 4 5Yumiko I Gely 6David A Ansell 4 7J Kevin Cmunt 8Elizabeth B Lynch, J Immigr Minor Health, 2021 Nov 13.

2021

Inaccuracies in Medicare’s Race and Ethnicity Data Hinder the Ability To Assess Health Disparities, 2021, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Inspector General

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Inspector General
2021

Pew Research Center: “Hispanic American’s Experiences with Health care”

Pew Research Center
2021

Louisiana State University: “Belief and Traditions That Impact the Latino Health care”

Louisiana State University