The Health Resources Services Administration announced it had awarded more than $2.2 million to boost organ donation. The funds will be used both for public education efforts and for research projects that examine ways to increase organ and tissue donation, the HRSA said in a news release.
HRSA awards more than $2.2 million to boost organ donation
“More than 109,000 Americans are on waiting lists to receive organs for transplantation, and the number keeps growing,” said Mary Wakefield, HRSA administrator, in the release. “It's clear that more needs to be done to educate the public about this critical need, and to develop new approaches to increase donation.”
HRSA, which oversees the nation's organ donation and transplantation network, divided the funding among seven awardees.
St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles, for instance, received a grant for $320,298 to implement and evaluate a home-based program that educates patients' family members about living kidney donation. Elsewhere, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received $281,477 to find ways to promote young adults' participation in Illinois's organ-donor registry.
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