CORE, Pitt partner for transplant symposium

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The Center for Organ Recovery & Education, a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, announced its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh for its second annual Kountz/Callender/ Rappaport transplant series. Titled “Transplantation Disparities: Current Trends and Future Prospects,” the event focused on multicultural health and organ transplantation. The day-long symposium began at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club, Oakland.

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MULTI-CULTURAL LEADERS—Lisa Strother-Upsher, left, from Pittsburgh and Vanessa Duvert from Philadelphia are the only two Multi-culture Outreach Coordinators in Pennsylvania. Strother-Upsher is the only MOTTEP program director in the state. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

“We are seeing an urgent need for organ, tissue, and cornea donations in the minority communities in our region, and the way to raise awareness is to engage in dialogue and conduct ongoing educational seminars such as this one,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “At CORE, we are proud to partner with the University of Pittsburgh to hold this event.”

Designed for physicians, surgeons, nurses, transplant professionals, social workers, and prevention/wellness organizations, the symposium focused on trends in minority transplantation, maximizing kidney transplantation, alternative options (presumed consent panel discussion), health challenges unique to the minority community and more. Attendees were able to earn CME and CEU credits for the participation in the day-long event.

Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are often more prevalent in the minority community, minorities make up more than 50 percent of the people on the national organ transplant list. African-Americans represent the highest percentage of multicultural patients in need of a transplant, followed by Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and people of multi-racial descent.

Nationally, more than 111,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. At least 18 will die each day without receiving one, including two from CORE’s service area. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.

(For more information about CORE, visit http://www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.)

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The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, W.V., CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, N.Y.

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