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2020 is the perfect time to hear our Call – ONE VOICE, ONE VISION …TO HEAL AND SAVE LIVES

Washington, D.C. – National Minority Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative effort by the National Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Week, founded in 1996 by the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in minority communities.

Our voices are united to address the number one problem in transplantation: the gap between the demand for organ transplants and supply of donated organs. The waiting list currently stands at more than 100,000 with more than 60% representing racial and ethnic minorities. Even though a record number of nearly 40,000 people, including more than 18,000 racial and ethnic minorities, received the gift of life in 2019, the gap remains staggeringly high. On average, 20 people die every day waiting for a transplant.1

The need for donation and transplant is more pronounced in minority communities where disproportionately higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease contribute to organ failure, especially kidney failure. African Americans are almost four times more likely than White Americans to have kidney failure. Hispanics are 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure.2

On average, African American/Black transplant candidates wait longer than White transplant candidates for kidney, heart and lung transplants.3 These healthcare disparities are part of the need for National Minority Donor Awareness Month education and outreach to help heal and save lives in our communities.

During National Minority Donor Awareness Month, national organ donation organizations will highlight the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities, provide donation education, encourage donor registration, and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month is another important effort to promote the positive messages that are necessary for minority communities to make the decision for organ, eye and tissue donation.

National Multicultural Action Group partners, the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF), have developed the National Minority Donor Awareness Month Toolkit — now available for download and public dissemination at amat1.org and DonateLife.net. For resources and more information, please visit DonateLife.net/nmdam. Stories, donation facts, statistics, and general social media graphics are available in both English and Spanish. Please use hashtag #NMDAM when sharing and supporting National Minority Donor Awareness messages and information on social media. You can register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, at your local DMV, RegisterMe.org, or in your iPhone Health App.

1Data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) data as of July 2020, https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/

2 National Kidney Foundation, as July 21, 2020, kidney.org

3 SRTR Risk Adjustment Model Documentation: Waiting List Models, as of July 21, 2020, https://www.srtr.org/reports-tools/waiting-list/

Media Contact:
Bobby Howard
National Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group
Bobby.Howard@lifelinkfound.org
404-354-2713

Message from the National Multicultural Action Group

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month

July 7, 2020 – National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM) is a collaborative initiative of the National (Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation) Multicultural Action Group to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. The National Multicultural Action Group is comprised of leaders from the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

National Minority Donor Awareness Month (August 1-31) stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Week, founded in 1996 by the National MOTTEP to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. Outreach activities during this month include events and messaging to provide donation education, encourage donor registration, and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation. For the NMDAM 2020 initiative, the National Multicultural Action Group will focus on the communities covered by the four AMAT workgroups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx and Native American.

 

National Minority Donor Awareness Month Background and Name

National Minority Donor Awareness Day/Week began over 20 years ago out of the need to bring a heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in minority communities. This year, for the first time, it will be celebrated the entire month of August to continue to educate and celebrate the strides we have made and the continued work we have to do to help alleviate the large number of minorities that make up those waiting for lifesaving organs in our country.

This year and in the wake of recent events in our country, there have been many conversations about the use of the word “minority” to describe this month. When this celebration began, minority was the word used to describe African-Americans and other racial and ethnic groups that are considered to be in the minority based on population percentages. Since that time, many argue that the use of the word minority denotes “a subordinate group” or being “less than equal”. Several definitions exist for what minority means, one of which states “a group of people that differ in some way from the majority of the population, or any part of a whole that is smaller than the other parts”.

For the 2020 observance, we will continue with the current naming of the observance; however as we advance as a nation and strive to ensure that our messaging remains relevant and fitting for our audience, the National Multicultural Action Group will continue to explore and discuss if a name change for the observance is necessary.

Learn more about National Minority Donor Awareness Month 2020 and find resources to join the observance at DonateLife.net/nmdam and at AMAT1.org.

 

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