Geoff received the gift of lungs in 2006. When a heart attack ended his life in 2014, Geoff gave a gift of his own -- the gift of sight.
Disparities in Donation and Transplantation
Our vision: "A world where no one waits for an organ, eye, or tissue transplant."
What is the donation gap?
Patients from communities of color make up 60% of the national transplant waiting list but only about 40% of the population. This means that communities of color, particularly Black people and Latino people are overrepresented on the waiting list. Part of the reason for this is that people of color have much higher rates of hypertension and diabetes, which put patients at higher risk for organ failure.
Please take a moment to learn more about the inequalities and disparities in the statistics below.
All transplant and waiting list data are from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
All population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more information visit the Office of Minority Health.
How do we close the gap?
This is a big question and there isn't any one right answer. There are many complexities to the inequities in donation and transplantation. We can all help by registering to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. This helps to create a larger and more diverse donor pool.
One of the most important things that you can do is talk to your family about donation. Start the conversation and have a clear understanding of your decision, as well as your family's.
Donate Life Northwest is working to improve the ways that we empower individuals to reduce and eliminate barriers to donation and transplantation. We are committed as a team to improving the ways in which we engage with and support communities of color. This page is the start of our work to address the inequities that exist within donation and transplantation. This work is ongoing, but we are currently taking the following steps to engage the whole Donate Life Northwest community in understanding inequities and ways our shared work can highlight and help eliminate these barriers.
- The Board of Directors and staff are discussing the ways that we can address inequalities in transplant and better support communities of color.
- We have formed a committee for diversity, equity, and inclusion to understand and address concerns from the community.
- We are working closely with our community partners to determine the roles we can all take to address inequities in transplant and strive toward eliminating them.
We are also committed to working with the members of our community. If you have questions, want to get involved in this work, or have resources to share please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month
Each year in August, we celebrate National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month, a time dedicated to saving and improving lives in diverse communities. Visit our NMDAM page to learn more.