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The National UNOS Transplant Living - Kidney Learning Center:
Health Literacy Best Practices

February 15, 2018 - 2:00 pm EST

In connection with the launch of the new UNOS Kidney Learning Center, NATCO is pleased to bring you a webinar on February 15th to discuss the development of the site and its future goals.

NATCO is pleased to have been a part of the effort to bring you the UNOS Kidney Learning Center (KTLC). The UNOS Kidney Learning Center (KTLC) is an online national clearinghouse of public educational resources to support the 650,000 Americans living with ESRD and potential living donors. The information you'll find here was developed by national leaders in the design of transplant education. Their programs have been unified and then revised for health literacy, resulting in a one-of-a-kind resource that is easy to understand, navigate, and use. In short, it's the best of the best. In addition to the publicly available KTLC, we'll also highlight resources from our family of programs, including My Transplant Coach and Explore Transplant and Explore Living Donation.

This presentation also includes the importance of using health literate information when educating patients about transplant and living donation.  Effective educational strategies and examples of proven best practices will be discussed.

For More Information on the UNOS KTLC click HERE

Learning objectives for the webinar include:

  • Define health literacy as a social construct that influences people (patients and providers) and health care systems, focusing specifically on the impact on health care and treatment decisions in the context of transplant

  • Describe the UNOS Kidney Transplant Learning Center, a health literate, publicly accessible resource for best evidence transplant education

  • Discuss the development process and ongoing engagement plan to promote widespread public access and use of the UNOS Kidney Transplant Learning Center

  • Discuss strategies to use when teaching patients about kidney transplant and living donation
  • Review other health literate transplant and living donation resources available

Our speakers were involved with the creation of the KTLC from inception:

Amy D. Waterman, PhD
Associate Professor in Nephrology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Director of the Transplant Research & Education Center (TREC)
Deputy Director of the Terasaki Research Institute

Amy is also the creator of a family of Explore Transplant and Explore Living Donation educational programs, which help kidney patients, potential living donors, and the public learn about transplant and living kidney donations.

In these roles, for both adult and pediatric patients, her Center's mission is to inspire and educate people about kidney transplantation and living donation, design patient-centered outcomes for transplant, reduce racial disparities in transplant, and ensure transplant adherence; its vision is to increase transplant and living donation rates and solve the kidney donor shortage. She believes that if kidney patients, their families, communities and kidney healthcare professionals work together, these collaborative efforts can reduce the national kidney donor shortage and increase the number of people living longer with the benefit of kidney transplants.

She has published more than 75 articles and book chapters and has won more than $22 million in federal grants and awards. Over 3,000 dialysis centers have participated in 120 Explore Transplant provider trainings and are disseminating education to more than 80,000 U.S. and 40,000 Canadian dialysis patients. In 2016, Dr. Waterman was a keynote speaker at the White House Organ Donation Summit, where she advocated for improved online education to support informed transplant and living donation decision-making for all Americans.


Catina O'Leary, PhD, LMSW
President/CEO, Health Literacy Media (HLM)

HLM is a nonprofit health communications company located in downtown Saint Louis. Under her direction, HLM's service network has expanded to include pharmaceutical companies, hospital systems, business coalitions and community-based organizations.

Before her appointment as CEO of HLM, Dr. O'Leary was a faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine where she oversaw large-scale, international-based community-engaged research

projects. O'Leary participates actively in her communities as a Board or other Advisory member for many nonprofits focused on health related issues. She serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Target Audience:
All Transplant and Procurement Coordinators

Online Registrtion for this Webinar has Closed

For assistance with registration for this webinar contact the NATCO office at 703-483-9820 or

Webinar recordings are available under the 'Members Only' section of the NATCO website.

If you need assistance contact us at or 703-483-9820.

February Webinar Flyer Here

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Continuing Education:

NATCO will award continuing education certificates to participants who attend this webinar. CE records are maintained by the NATCO Executive Office for a period of seven years. This program has been approved by the American Board for Transplant Certification for 1.0 Category 1 CEPTC.

Members may register at no cost. There is a fee of $35.00 for non-members.

We encourage your organization to register as a group. You may have an unlimited number of attendees per connection. Please disignate one person as the group leader. Only the group leader registers. The group leader will be responsible for verifying the attendance of members of the group for purposed of distributing CE credits.


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