National Minority Donor Awareness Week Honors Howard University Professor Clive O Callender

first_imgTwenty people from minority groups die every day in the United States on average because of the shortage of organ donations,Dr. Clive O. Callender, Howard University professor of surgery and trailblazer in spreading awareness about minority donorissues, told a campus audience on Aug. 1.Dr. Clive O. Callender speaks at the kick off ceremony for Minority Donor Awareness Week.Dr. Callender spoke at the kick-off ceremony for the 2014 National Minority Donor Awareness Week, Aug.1-8, at Howard University Hospital. The event was hosted by George Washington University Hospital and the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), which is headquartered at Howard University Hospital.U.S. minorities make up more than half of those on the organ donation waiting lists while at the same time a shortage of donors remains a major public health challenge. For more than three decades, Dr. Callender has led on-the-ground outreach campaigns to raise awareness in minority communities. Due in large part to his efforts, the donor rate among minorities has quadrupled over the years.“When I started this effort, it really was an impossible dream,” Dr. Callender said. “But it’s been the power of the message; it’s not me. When we go into the community they understand the message and respond to the needs that we are talking about.”At the ceremony, Dr. Joseph K. Melancon, chief of transplant surgery at George Washington Hospital, presented Dr. Callender with a special award and lauded him for taking on a healthcare bureaucracy that often has a blind eye to struggles of minority communities.The theme for this year’s National Minority Donor Awareness Week is “Love Yourself and Take Care of Yourself.”For more information about MOTTEP, call (202) 865 4888 or go to www.nationalmottep.orglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis years Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Welcome Event celebrated all things Melbourne, with the ambitious theme ‘One year in Melbourne in One Night.’Australian events agency EMG produced the event, bringing to life Melbourne’s unique culture, vibe and spirit and successfully re-imagining it into one huge night of entertainment.The unique AIME Welcome Event was the precursor to AIME and took place the evening before the two-day exhibition on 23 and 24 February.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img