National Minority Donor Awareness Week August 1-8 Promote Awareness & Prevent Disease—7 Days, 7 Actions, Save 7 Lives

Howard University Health Sciences

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2015) – Howard University Hospital will recognize National Minority Donor Awareness Week with public health activities during the first week of August. Building awareness of the pressing need for minority organ donation has long been championed by Howard University surgeon and medical professor Dr. Clive O. Callender.

First recognized by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and launched by the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), National Minority Donor Awareness Week, was created to draw attention to the need for donation and transplantation in multicultural communities and honor minority groups. The mission of MOTTEP is to specifically educate ethnic minority Americans about the need for organ, tissue and blood donation.

MOTTEP and Howard University Hospital will kick off recognition of Minority Donation Awareness Week with an information station and general health screenings (blood pressure/glucose) at the Whole Foods Market and Health Fair, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the St. Elizabeth’s East Gateway Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, S.E. Continue reading