Why This Program Is Important
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
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 patients—giving 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.