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Health Disparities Seminar Series

August 2010 Seminar Series
The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) invites you to the next NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series scheduled for August 5, 2010. The theme for this month's seminar is "Donor Awareness."

Increasing awareness about organ donation should be a major concern for every American, especially people from health disparity populations. Everyday 18 patients on the organ transplant waiting list die while waiting for transplants, according to statistics from the National Kidney Foundation. In 2008, only 28,000 of the more than 100,000 patients on the list received transplants. More than half of the people on the list are from multicultural populations, according to Donate Life America, a non-profit operated with funds from the United Network for Organ Sharing. But racial and ethnic minorities accounted for a small percentage of organ donors. Fortunately, the number of donors from health disparity populations has substantially increased during the last 20 years.

Our speaker, Dr. Clive O. Callender, LaSalle D. Leffall of Howard University College of Medicine, is largely responsible for the increased number of organ donors from health disparity populations. Dr. Callender helped develop the first minority directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic laboratory in this country. He has been involved in grassroots and mainstream media efforts to educate health disparity populations about minority donation. With more than $10 million in funding the NCMHD, NIDDK and Howard University, minority donations doubled since 1990 to 30 percent. The number of African American organ donors has quadrupled from 8 per million to 53 per million. At this seminar Dr. Callender will discuss his challenges and successes recruiting organ donors from health disparity populations. (Click here for the abstract.)

Presentation Title: Minority Organ Donation: The Power of an Educated Community

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Clive O. Callender (Click here for bio.)
LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NIH Campus
Building 10 (Clinical Center)
Lipsett Auditorium
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

For more information call 301-402-1366.

There is limited parking on campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check.

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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