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