Monthly Archives: September 2020

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Recognizes National DMV Appreciation Month

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 20201; Letter published September 14, 2020

Dear Department of Motor Vehicles Staff:

l would like to thank you for your continuing efforts and dedication to closing the widening gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of donated organs. As a valued partner, you are the first critical step in our collective effort to ensure all Americans are aware of their potential to save and improve the lives of the thousands of men, women, and children waiting for a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant by registering as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

I applaud Donate Life America (DLA) for designating September as National Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Appreciation Month to recognize your efforts and to thank you for your commitment to saving and improving lives. You play a pivotal role in our nation’s extraordinary record of growth in organ donation and transplantation. During this important observance, I want to make sure that you are recognized for two reasons:

  • Because you make a difference every day. When you ask the donor registration question to customers, you are helping people remember to register their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors. DMVs remain the primary source of state donor registrations, which now exceed 150
  • Because your work enables more life-saving transplantations every year. In 2019, health care teams across the country performed nearly 40,000 transplants with organs from both deceased and living organ donors. This marks an 7 percent increase over 2018, which was a seventh consecutive annual record.

The Department of Health and Human Services serves the needs of more than 112,000 men, women, and children who are waiting for a transplant. You are vital partners in our effort. On behalf of the Division of Transplantation in the Health Resources and Services Administration, I join with DLA and the donation and transplantation community in thanking you for the work you do each day to help save and enhance lives.

Sincerely,

Alex M. Azar II

Donate Life America Thanks DMV Partners Across the Country for Lifesaving Partnership

(Richmond, VA—September 14, 2020) Each year, Donate Life America (DLA) along with Donate Life State Teams and their members take time in September to recognize the vital role our DMV and Driver License Partners (DLPs) play in helping save and heal lives. DMV staff are front-line champions, committed to asking the donor registration question to customers every day.

Partnerships with DMVs remain the primary source of state donor registrations. More than 90% of individuals surveyed across the country stated that they registered their donation decision through their local DMV.1 DMVs and DLPs are the people on the front lines of service who have helped 160 million people across the country to register their decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor.2

The work of DMVs across the country enables more lifesaving transplants to be performed every year. An increase in donation education and donor registrations have helped drive an increase in the number of lives saved through organ donation and transplantation each year for the past seven years.3

To offer more time for recognition and support of our DMV partners, DLA is extending our usual celebration of National DMV Appreciation Week to National DMV Appreciation Month. During September, the Donate Life Community will be celebrating this lifesaving partnership through education and outreach to thank DMV staff and leadership across the country. Donate Life America will also be recognizing the regional and national winners of the 2020 DLA DMV Awards.

The DLA DMV Awards recognize both statewide DMV office efforts and individual staff and leadership dedication to the Donate Life mission and successfully increasing donor registration. DLA is grateful for the commitment and partnership of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in supporting the lifesaving role of DMVs in offering the donor registration opportunity.

The DLA DMV Awards are presented annually at the AAMVA Regional and international conferences. The full list of 2020 award winners is included below; please visit DonateLife.net/DMV-Awards for details on the award winners and their programs. Congratulations to all of the award winners – and thank you for your dedication to helping save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!

National DLA DMV Award Winners
DLA DMV Innovation Award: Renee Krawiec, Deputy Program Manager, Wyoming DOT & Driver Services
DLA DMV Lifesaver Award: Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Vermont DMV

AAMVA Regional DLA DMV Award Winners

Region 1

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Gabriel Robinson, Director, District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles

DLA DMV Lifesaver Award:

– Colleen Ogilve, Deputy Registrar, MA Registry of Motor Vehicles

– Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Vermont DMV

Region 3

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Mindi Nguyen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Dept of Transportation

Region 4

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Renee Krawiec, Deputy Program Manager, Wyoming DOT & Driver Services

DLA DMV Lifesaver Award: Christina Salas, La Junta Office Manager, Colorado DMV

To register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit your local DMV or driver license partner office in-person or online. You can also register online in the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health App. To learn more about the DLA DMV partnership and National DMV Appreciation Month, please visit DonateLife.net/DMV.

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About Donate Life America (DLA)
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

1National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices, 2019, Report of Findings, Published February 2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation.

2Donate Life America Registry Overview Reports (ROR), Year End 2019 Report, Donate Life America

3 Letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (2020). National DMV Appreciation Month Letter. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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