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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
CONTACT: HRSA PRESS OFFICE
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HRSA awards $2.2 million to increase organ donation

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced more than $2.2 million in grants to help identify effective strategies for increasing organ donation.

The funds are awarded under two programs administered by HRSA’s Division of Transplantation:

  • The Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation program ($1,212,717) is designed to improve understanding of ways to increase organ and tissue donation. These research projects will measure the potential of specific interventions to increase organ donation.
  • The Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation program ($1,027,895) educates the public about the demand for organs to boost commitment to organ donation.

"More than 109,000 Americans are on waiting lists to receive organs for transplantation, and the number keeps growing,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “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 has Federal oversight of the nation's organ donation and transplantation network. For more information, please visit www.organdonor.gov. A list of grant awards follows:

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation
OrganizationCityStateAward
Emory UniversityAtlantaGa.$330,508
Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement OrganizationColumbusOhio$253,838
St. Vincent Medical CenterLos AngelesCalif.$320,298
National Kidney Foundation of MichiganAnn ArborMich.$308,073
Subtotal$1,212,717
Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation
Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisUrbanaIll.$281,477
University of PittsburghPittsburghPa.$346,408
Washington UniversitySt. LouisMo.$400,010
Subtotal$1,027,895
Total$2,240,612
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