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African Americans and The Gift of Life
Reframing the Donation Conversation

in the era of
Black Lives Matter



As African Americans currently comprise 30% of the national wait list, engaging the African American community with a call to action of saving lives through organ and tissue donation remains a vital priority throughout the Donate Life community.

Since it's inception in 2013, the Black Lives Matter (#BlackLivesMatter) movement engages the African American community through a multi-faceted platform of ideological and political interventions, as well as, "affirming Black folks' contribution to society, humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression."

The names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Philandro Castile and countless others are indelibly linked with having their lives taken. In cities such as Sanford, New York, Ferguson, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis and others, is the Donate Life "fundamental human responsibility," mandate of registering as organ and tissue donors resonating with the African American community? How are BlackLivesMatter protests and incidents shaping the way that we approach African American donor families and the community at large? What resources can organ procurement organizations (OPOs) offer to better promote internal dialogue and healing in the era of Black Lives Matter?

To register, click HERE. For any specific registration questions, please contact Casey News, Donate Life America: or Ayanna Anderson:


Brandi Ahonsi - Moderator, Public Affairs Coordinator, LifeLink Foundation, Inc., Tampa, FL.

Jennifer J. Garcia, Ph.D., MPH - Speaker, Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology Applied Research Center, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Mienah Zulfacar Sharif, Ph.D., MPH - Speaker, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Irvine Department of Medicine, Irvine, CA.

Donyale R. Griffin Padgett, Ph.D. - Speaker, Assistant Professor of Diversity, Culture and Communication, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Jack Lynch - Speaker, Director of Community Affairs, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Netowrk, Chicago, IL

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Assess how the trauma of racial dscrimination and violence exacerbates the health disparities linked to end-stage organ failure
  • Identify optimal internal and external communications strategies for promoting healing and empowerment in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Use the tools presented to facilitate meaningful dialogue with African American stakeholders about the Gift of Life
  • Consider real-world implementations of innovative community engagement approaches in response to the Black Lives Matter movement

Target Audience:

Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations, including: administrators, coordinators, community education champions, manager, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.





2017 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest

My Transplant Nurse: Champion of Care

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year April 19th, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world.

The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest invites patients to nominate an ITNS transpalnt nurse who has made a difference in their lives. The winning essay will be featured in a future issue of the ITNS Insider newsletter. In addition, the winning nurse will receive a recognition award, a letter will be sent to his or her supervisor and he or she will be acknowledged on the ITNS website and in an ITNS membership e-mail.

For more information and how to enter Click HERE.





Advances in Liver Disease and Transplantation

April 1, 2017
Bethesda, MD

Liver diseases and associated complications remain a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Chronic liver disease can lead to the development of both cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma with liver transplantation as the only life saving option. Significant advances have been made or are on the immediate horizon for liver diseases such as hepatitis C, hepatitis B and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These advances, if disseminated to patients in need, have the possibility of affecting the burden of liver diseases in the US.

Information about evidence-based recommendations for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with liver diseases is important in order to provide optimal care and appropriate triage of patients. Clinical skills to manage patients with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma are increasingly important to care for patients who suffer from these diseases and to ensure their stability prior to liver transplant. Additionally, information about the indications and contraindications to liver transplantation is imperative in order to provide timely referral, evaluation, and listing for transplantation. Practitioners outside of liver transplant programs will be increasingly called upon to manage medical problems in patients who have undergone liver transplantation and will benefit from understanding the management of these patients.

Patients with acute and chronic liver diseases are at risk for a variety of hematologic disorders such as increased bleeding and thrombotic events. Furthermore, physicians are frequently called upon to provide recommendations about surgical risks in patients with compensated and decompensated cirrhosis. Additionally, patients with a variety of liver diseases are at risk for acute kidney injury and chronic kidney diseases. Up to date information on liver transplant topics relevant to community practitioners will be highlighted. Through this course, the gap between best and current practices will be closed in order to provide the best care to patients, reduce morbidity and mortality, and reduce the burden of liver disease in the Mid-Atlantic region.


  • Discuss the current screening strategies, staging mechanisms and treatment options for patients with liver diseases and cirrhosis
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for liver transplant with the goal of increasing patient access and improving outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and management of patients with liver masses
  • Identify common clinical scenarios and evidence based management of patients with liver diseases
  • Identify the latest treatment recommendations of patients with Hepatitis C






Update on Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation


April 1, 2017
Bethesda, MD

This course shall consist of a series of lectures that review recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of serious and often life-threatening digestive discorders in infants and children. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  1. Basic concepts of gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic physiology with emphasis on development.
  2. Clinical presentation and diagnosis of acute in comparison with chronic liver diseases in children.
  3. Commonly encountered chronic liver diseases in pediatric practice, their management including transplant decision-making, and outcomes.
  4. Clinical presentation and causes of acute pancreatic disease in children, discrimination from other acute digestive disorders and short-term management.
  5. Chronic pancreatic disease with emphasis on symptom control and long-term solutions including transplantation.
  6. Basic concepts of the causes and pathophysiology of chronic diarrhea due to intestinal loss (short gut) in infants and children.
  7. Management of pediatric short gut syndrome in children, including the role of paranteral nutrition and formula diets, outcomes and indication for intestinal transplantation.


  • Understand treatment options for patients with chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, and intestinal failure
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for liver, intestinal, pancreatic, and multi-organ transplant with the goal of increasing patient access and improving outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of multidisciplinary appraoch to evaluation and management of patients with complex digestive disorders
  • Discriminate common and less serious problems from the above-referenced disorders that may initially present in a similar fashion