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Multicultural Perspectives

Mobilizing the message in minority communities

More than 50 percent of patients on the national transplant waiting list come from multicultural populations. That’s primarily because diseases that affect kidneys, the heart and other organs are found more often in those populations. African Americans, for example, are three times more likely to suffer from kidney disease than Caucasians.

At the same time, multicultural populations are underrepresented on the Donor Registry, often because of cultural myths or misconceptions.

Gift of Life Michigan has a special partnership with a national organization that educates minority communities about organ and tissue donation. The Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) has an office in Detroit, where it has been using a community-based approach to increase the number of minority organ and tissue donors in Michigan since 1995.

MOTTEP exists in 14 other cities nationwide.

In 2012, a video project aimed at helping bolster the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in Wayne County – home to Detroit – was created to bring about awareness.  Waiting to Live, Wayne County addresses the gap.

 

For more information

To volunteer with MOTTEP or to learn more about minorities and organ donation and community awareness campaigns, contact Detroit MOTTEP Director Remonia Chapman at rchapman@giftoflifemichigan.org.