For Your Health: This is Minority Donor Awareness Month; there’s work to be done
August 15, 2021
August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month, which celebrates its 25th year this year. The awareness campaign began in 1996 to address the large gap between donors and those awaiting tissue and organ transplants from communities of color.
According to the website DonateLife.net, as much as 60% of the people awaiting transplants are Hispanic/Latinx, African American,
Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian and multiracial groups, even though people
from these groups make up just over a third of the total U.S. population. Nearly half
of those are African Americans, but Black donors are in great shortage.
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