Emory Transplant Supports ‘Every Community Has Opportunity’ Campaign

Each year during the second and third full weeks of July, Donate Life conducts a two-week outreach campaign where it highlights the importance of organ donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. The campaign, Donate Life ECHO, is a collaborative partnership between the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America. ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives.

Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation

The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) was created to increase organ and tissue donation among multicultural communities. Multicultural communities are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants – especially kidneys. Currently, 58 percent of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of multicultural patients. Research studies have confirmed that there is a link between cultural perceptions, feelings and traditions related to the decision-making process concerning organ and tissue donation. AMAT has been at the forefront of advocating for and sharing best practices in the donation and transplantation community aimed at closing the donation gap among African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latino communities.

Emory’s Role in Access among Multicultural Communities

Emory Transplant Center has also played a role in ensuring access to transplantation among multicultural communities. In 2016, the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded $2.6 million over five years to the Emory Transplant Center and six other transplant centers and organizations in the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition to help reduce disparities in access to kidney transplantation. Georgia and the Southeast have the highest rates of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) of any state or region in the U.S., but the lowest transplant rates. Initial outcomes of the study reported that the educational and outreach program in Georgia dialysis centers resulted in a 75 percent increase in referrals for kidney transplant evaluation, with the greatest increase among African-American patients. The work continues.

Donate Life ECHO Campaign

Multicultural communities play a critical role in America’s transplant system. They save and heal lives as donors; need lifesaving kidney transplants; and serve patients and families as health care professionals. Join in celebrating 2018 Donate Life ECHO. For information on how to be a part of the celebration, visit DonateLife.net/ECHO.

Currently, there are more than 115,000 men, women and children awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. And since 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 56% are registered, please consider becoming an organ donor if you are not. To register to be a donor, visit Donate Life Georgia.

Emory Transplant Center

As one of the top 15 transplant facilities in the nation, Emory Transplant Center is at the forefront of clinical excellence and pioneering new transplant therapies. We offer cutting-edge technology and superior outcomes in heart, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas transplantation.

Our patients come from all over the nation seeking the highest level of expertise and a full-service organ transplantation program that only an academic medical center like Emory Healthcare can provide.

To learn more about Emory Transplant Center, visit emoryhealthcare.org/transplant or call 855-366-7989.