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Why This Program Is Important

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Understanding kidney and liver disease and their treatment options is key to choosing what is best for you. Understanding our diverse communities and their barriers to good health is key for a hospital to offer excellent healthcare. AATAP is a program built for the Black community, based on feedback and conversations with Black community members about the challenges of navigating a complex diagnosis and the healthcare system.

Our goals for AATAP:

  • Improve access to resources that help African American patients navigate the transplant process and achieve better health through transplantation
  • Continue to be a trusted destination for transplantation among African American patients, and improve trust in healthcare overall

Dedicated to Meeting Your Needs

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Shimere Harrington, LICSW, is the social worker in the African American Transplant Access Program. She partners closely with Dr. Simpson to understand patient needs and develop strategies to help overcome barriers Black patients are likely to face when navigating the transplant evaluation process.

Shimere has been part of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital team since 2018, having previously worked in the Emergency Department and Cardiology. Her extensive clinical background includes over 12 years in working with diverse populations, including working with children, homeless individuals, and chronically ill patientsgiving Shimere a unique ability to connect with a variety of patients and families. Her knowledge, experience, and resources help Shimere educate and provide services to families in the African American Transplant Access Program.

Dr. Simpson talks about her reasons for founding AATAP

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Kidney Transplant Surgery – Inside the OR
Kidney Transplant Surgery – Inside the OR

Perfect match: Daughter donates kidney to her mother with diabetes

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Linda Humphrey-Morgan received a kidney donated by her daughter, who desperately wanted to see her mother survive diabetes.