Nevada Donor Network, Latin Chamber Partner for Latino Organ Donation Effort

The decision to become an organ donor is more common among white donors than among colored donors.

The Nevada Donor Network and the Nevada Latin Chamber of Commerce are partnering in a new statewide donor outreach program called “Heart of Hope” for the Latin American community.

In Nevada, there are more than 600 people waiting for organ transplants, and 140 are Latinos.

Steven Peralta, who runs the Nevada Donor Network, said Latinos and African Americans are less likely to become organ donors than white and AAPI communities. Peralta said much of this was due to a general mistrust of the healthcare system and false beliefs.

“If you’re an organ donor, they’re not going to [not] do whatever they can to save your life because they want your organs. It’s 100% false,” he said.

Another issue is addressing common cultural health issues that lead to organ failure.

“Obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes… ultimately leads to kidney failure which ultimately leads to organ failure. This ultimately results in someone needing a transplant. So our campaign is about educating our community about some of these issues because we’re trying to stop transplants from happening first,” he said.

The “Corazon de Esperanza” or Heart of Hope awareness campaign will include bilingual information, and the Nevada Donor Network along with the Latin Chamber of Commerce will feature organ donors and transplant recipients to tell their stories in person.

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