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National Minority Donor Awareness Month

For minorities, the racial and ethnic donation disparity is no minor matter.

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National Minority Donor Awareness Month (August 1-31) National Minority Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative of National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to save and improve the quality of life in minority communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Day, founded in 1996 by the National MOTTEP to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in minority communities. Outreach activities during this month include events to provide donation education, promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

National Minority Donor Awareness Month Background

National Minority Donor Awareness Day/Week began 25 years ago out of the need to bring a heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in minority communities. This year, for the second time, it will be celebrated the entire month of August to continue to educate and celebrate the strides we have made and the continued work we have to do to help alleviate the large number of minorities that make up those waiting for life-saving organs in our country.

For the 2021 observance, we will continue to focus on the four minority groups (Native American, African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic) that are still, 25 years later, disproportionately represented on the national transplant waiting list. During NMDAM we will highlight healthy lifestyles and discuss social determinants of health that will aid in eliminating the health disparities in these communities with One Voice, One Vision, to save and heal lives.

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