National Minority Awareness Month: Hispanic Organ Transplant and Donation
Northwestern MedicineOrgan Donation and Transplantation April 06, 2015
April is National Minority Awareness Month*, which focuses on health issues that are of specific importance in minority populations. Hispanics make up the largest and fastest growing minority* in America according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
On average, Hispanics are more likely to suffer from chronic kidney and liver disease, due to diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis and obesity. These diseases often lead to organ failure and require organ transplantation as a result. However, Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center Hispanic Transplant Program, points out that conditions like diabetes, hypertension and obesity are preventable and can even be improved through lifestyle and dietary changes.
Still, there are common barriers that prevent many Hispanic patients from receiving quality health education and care, most of which deal with language and cultural differences. To learn more about these issues, watch the following video with Dr. Caicedo.
Learn more about the Hispanic Transplant Program.