Donate Life Northwest works to provide Oregon's Hispanic/Latino population (Hispanics constituted 18.3% of the nation's total population) 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 received 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.
All population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Hispanics/Latinos 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.
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
National Minority Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative of 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 MOTTEP to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in multicultural communities.
NMDAM is focused on outreach and education, including virtual events and messaging to:
- Provide education about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation
- Encourage donor registration & family conversations about donation
- Promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.
The National Multicultural Action Group includes the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
Multicultural Communities in Donation and Transplantation…
Over 100,000 individuals await lifesaving organ transplants. Nearly 60% of the national transplant waiting list are from multicultural communities.
African Americans/Black Americans are almost 4 times more likely than white Americans to have kidney failure. Hispanics/Latinx are 1.3 times more likely to have kidney failure than non-Hispanics. On average, African American/Black transplant candidates wait longer than White transplant candidates for kidney, heart, and lung transplants.
Visit the National Minority Donor Awareness Month page; almost all the tools contain conversation points and graphics in Spanish.
Donate Life Northwest is committed to providing education that empowers all individuals to make an informed decision about registering to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. For more information visit Disparities in Donation and Transplantation
Educational Resources in Spanish
- General info videos in Spanish: Una Nacion que Dona and Donación y trasplante de órganos: ¿En qué consiste?
- This website is available in Spanish
- Request brochures and registration forms in Spanish
- Presentation available by request
- Visit the Educational Resources page; nearly all toolkits contain Spanish language talking points and graphics.
Bilingual volunteers are critical to helping us educate the community about this important health crisis. Done Vida volunteers organize and/or attend events, speak to the community or school groups, and share their stories through our various public education projects. For more information, please contact Maria.
We invite members of the public to use our PowerPoint and request a supplemental kit of Spanish language brochures and registration forms. Contact us about the availability of Spanish speaking presenters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch more videos on our Done Vida Youtube channel for Spanish language public service announcements and testimonials.
Stories of Hope
If your life has been touched by donation or transplantation, we invite you to share your story and inspire others.