Infórmate receives Gift of Life Award

Northwestern Medicine
Organ Donation and Transplantation December 06, 2016

Northwestern Medicine’s Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Elisa Gordon, PhD/MPH, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine receive the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Gift of Life Award

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI)* honored Infórmate.com*, a bilingual and culturally sensitive patient education website, with its Gift of Life Award at the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala on November 12, 2016. The website is a collaborative effort between Northwestern Medicine’s Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Elisa Gordon, PhD/MPH, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the NKFI to increase knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation in the Latino/Hispanic communities by acting as a supplement to the education provided by transplant centers.

Infórmate helps Hispanics/Latinos with kidney failure and their families learn about the options, risks and benefits of living and deceased donor kidney transplants so that they can make informed decisions about what is best for them. The website was developed to address the apparent lack of information about living kidney donation among Hispanics/Latinos. The site also debunks any myths and misinformation people might have and explains that living donors can have children, exercise, work and have a normal sex life after donating a kidney.

To learn more, visit Informate.org* or visit the page for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Hispanic Transplant Program.


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