Creating Awareness for Disparities in Organ Donation

August is the month for bringing attention to the gap between the number of organ donors and the number of people who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian/Pacific Islander who need life-saving organs or tissues.  Of more than 100,000 people waiting for organ transplants, nearly 60 percent are from multicultural communities.  Researchers have cited low socio-economic status as a primary driver of racial disparities.The Rural location also presents barriers to patients needing transplants; those who are older, lack advanced education, are underemployed, or are Medicaid beneficiaries are less likely to get on waitlists.