Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


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.

DiversityPlus Logo ColorDesigned for Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) and its partners, the focus of this virtual seminar is to provide skills, tools and knowledge that will allow for effective communication and understanding with donor and recipient families, partner organizations and their employees that will aid in creating a culture of empathy, cohesiveness and understanding. Join us on this transformative journey of empowerment and unity as we embrace diversity and create an atmosphere of equity, inclusion, and belonging within healthcare. Learn more…

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.



History of Diversity and Inclusivity in Nursing

History of Diversity and Inclusivity in Nursing | HPU Online. Hawaiʻi Pacific University Online. Published April 7, 2023. Accessed August 2, 2023. https://online.hpu.edu/blog/history-of-diversity-in-nursing/


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

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.


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


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.


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


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


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


“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

Indigenous Pact: Health Equity for Indian Country


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


Moving Toward Antibigotry, Boston University, Center for Antiracist Research

Boston University: Center for Antiracist Research

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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


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

National LGBT Center for Health Education

What Trans Health Providers Should know

Trans Health

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

UC Santa Barbara

University of Connecticut Rainbow Center LGBTQIA+ Dictionary

University of Connecticut

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.


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.


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.


Infórmate: Information on Kidney Donation for Hispanics and Latinos


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


What’s the Difference Between Latino and Hispanic?


Recommendations to Provide More Equitable Services for the Latino Community


‘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


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.


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)

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.


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


How to Create a DEI Committee So More Voices Can Be Heard

DEI committees can be established to support organizations of any size, structure and location.

After deciding to form a DEI committee, an organization’s leaders should gain an overview of what a DEI committee actually is, learn from examples of what other DEI committees do and understand why they are becoming more common in the workplace.

USC Annenberg

Harder Won and Easier Lost? Testing the Double Standard in Gender Rules in 62 Countries

Jennifer K. Bosson, Mariah Wilkerson, Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka, Paweł Jurek & Michał Olech. Springer, Published 06, June. 2022


Racial and Ethnic Differences in Bystander CPR for Witnessed Cardiac Arrest

R Angel Garcia 1John A Spertus 1Saket Girotra 1Brahmajee K Nallamothu 1Kevin F Kennedy 1Bryan F McNally 1Khadijah Breathett 1Marina Del Rios 1Comilla Sasson 1Paul S Chan. Comparative Study, N Engl J Med. 2022 Oct 27;387(17):1569-1578.


Be Prepared for the Future of Nursing: Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine launched their report The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity (2021).

This new report, which commemorated the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, acts as the roadmap of where nursing is going. Specifically, it states:

“The decade ahead will demand a stronger, more diversified nursing workforce that is prepared to provide care; promote health and well-being among nurses, individuals, and communities; and address the systemic inequities that have fueled wide and persistent health disparities.” 


Words Matter: The Power of Inclusive Language in Medicine

One of the blind spots that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers have started to notice in their work is inclusivity. Inclusivity means providing equal treatment to people who might otherwise be excluded. From the most recent Future of Nursing Report to our webinar with Osmosis’ own Dr. Marina Horiates Kerekes, we are examining the ways in which access to healthcare, and the treatment received by various populations, has not been equitable, despite our best intentions.

One of the most important aspects of inclusivity is the language we use when interacting with patients and their families. From intake to discharge to continued communication with patients, the word choices that healthcare workers use can define the experience and have a serious impact on health outcomes.


Words Matter: How Language Used in Health Care Settings Can Impact the Quality of Pediatric Care


The Power of Words, Practical Guide

Professionals working in the health, education and justice sectors can dramatically reduce the impact of stigma by reconsidering how they think about people who use alcohol or other drugs (AOD) and choosing words that focus on people, rather than their AOD use.

The right words can reduce stigma, which is a very real and complex problem. It can make people who use or have used alcohol and other drugs feel unwelcome and unsafe and stop them from seeking the services they need, negatively impacting their health, wellbeing, employment and social outcomes.

The right words have the power to improve health outcomes.


Healthcare Diversity in the Spotlight

AMN Healthcare Company

Counteracting Negotiation Biases Like Race and Gender in the Workplace

Harvard Law School

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.


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.


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

New York Times

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

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

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


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


National Minority Donor Awareness Month

Volume VII, Issue 2


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


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.


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.


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.