Done Vida: Resources in Spanish

Donate Life Northwest works to provide Oregon's Hispanic population (the 12th largest in the country) with education and access to resources around donation and transplant. The Done Vida Noroeste program works with Spanish-speaking Latino volunteers and community health organizations to provide bilingual and culturally specific education about donor registration, access to transplant, and opportunities to honor the generosity of donor families and the gratitude of recipients. 

The U.S. Office of Minority Health reports that nationally:

  • Hispanic Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to suffer from conditions leading to organ, and especially kidney failure, due to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
  • In 2012, 15% percent of Hispanic Americans waiting for a transplant recieved one. Comparatively, 27% of White Americans on the waiting list received an organ transplant.
  • In 2012, only 13.1% of organ donors were of Hispanic American descent.  This reflects a lower rate of consent for organ donation among this population.

Hispanic Americans and Kidney Transplants

In Oregon, 87% of all Hispanics waiting for an organ transplant are waiting for a kidney. We encourage Spanish speakers to find general information on living and deceased kidney donation options at Informate.  For local resources, please contact a transplant center

To donate a kidney to a stranger in need, contact the Anonymous Living Donor Program at 503-494-7856. 

Educational Resources in Spanish

Media

  • Watch more videos on our Done Vida Youtube  channel for Spanish language public service announcements and testimonials.

Community Presentations

We invite members of the public to use our Power Point and request a supplemental kit of Spanish language brochures and registration forms.  Contact us about the availability of Spanish speaking presenters.

Stories of Hope

If your life has been touched by donation or transplantation, we invite you to share your story and inspire others.     

Ambassador Program

Bilingual volunteers are critical to help us educate the community about this important health crisis.  Done Vida volunteers organize and/or attend events, speak to community or school groups, and share their stories through our various public education projects.  For more information, attend an Orientation.

Intern Program

College students / recent graduates who are native speakers of Spanish are encouraged to contact us about a summer/fall Done Vida internship.  Interns will gain a variety of non-profit experience in database, marketing, event planning, strategic planning, public speaking, and translation.  For more information, please contact truehear@ohsu.edu

National Outreach Campaigns

ECHO (Every Community Has Opportunity) 

Donate Life ECHO is a national two-week outreach campaign, held each year during the second and third full weeks in July and focused on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives. Learn more here