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Minorities

The minority affairs committee provides input and recommendations regarding to other OPTN committees and the board of directors to ensure that issues and special needs of minority populations are considered and addressed.

Guidance

The minority affairs committee led a review of transplant center acceptance criteria and conducted research to debunk common myths about patients who are suitable for a transplant. The guidance also lists common barriers to timely referral. Learn more

Educational Guidance Document

Facts & trends

Here are some facts from the most recent comprehensive review of statistics on transplantation.

  • The proportion of deceased donors by ethnicity is generally similar to the ethnic makeup of the U.S. population.
  • The number of Hispanic transplant recipients has more than doubled in the past 20 years, from 1,535 in 1993 to 4,133 in 2013. As a percentage of all transplants, approximately 14 percent of recipients in 2013 were Hispanic, as compared to 8.7 percent in 1993.

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News 

Study examines ethnic and gender differences in ESRD risk after living kidney transplantation (2011)

Collaboration announced to increase donation rate among minorities (2003)

Board revises kidney policy to boost minority transplants (2002)

Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

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