About OPTN regions:
The US is divided into 11 geographic regions. Click on a region to learn more about that region. Each region hosts a regional meeting twice each year during the spring and fall public comment periods. If you have never attended a regional meeting before, here's what you can expect.
The states in each region are:
- Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Eastern Vermont
- Region 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Northern Virginia
- Region 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico
- Region 4: Oklahoma, Texas
- Region 5: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
- Region 6: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
- Region 7: Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- Region 8: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming
- Region 9: New York, Western Vermont
- Region 10: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
- Region 11: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
How regions work
In each region, a regional councillor, an associate regional councillor, and a staff administrator work together to coordinate regional activities such as regional meetings and regional education events for transplant professionals. Each region is represented by a regional councillor on the Board of Directors and has a representative on each of the standing committees. The regional system:
- Provides an effective mechanism for communication among OPTN staff, the Board of Directors and the transplant community.
- Facilitates the identification of geographically diverse transplant professionals to populate both the Board of Directors and committees.
- Provides a forum for consensus building and transparency of work throughout the OPTN policy development process through regional meetings that are held twice a year during the public comment periods.