Some of the best unexpected news to come out of Erie County in a long time was announced earlier this month by County Clerk Chris Jacobs. Because of efforts made by the Erie County Auto Bureau, the county has seen what he called a “significant increase” in the number of customers who signed up for the New York State Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
That marks a valuable trend, especially in New York, whose residents agree to donate their organs at the lowest rate in the nation. It is important to do better and Jacobs, working with Unyts, the region’s organ transplant organization, may be showing the way.
Most New Yorkers who sign up for organ donation do so at the state’s auto bureaus. The local effort was designed to train those employees about the significance of organ donations so they could better inform customers. It also enlisted organ donation ambassadors at locations across the county.
The success showed up in the numbers. Over a two-year period that ended in March, the Erie County Auto Bureau registered 45,565 people as organ donors. By comparison, 16,718 signed up over the one-year period ending in March 2014. Continue reading
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