Semana Binacional de Salud – La Feria de Salud
On October 15th, the American Transplant Foundation hosted an educational booth at the Mexican Consulate in Denver during Binational Health Week. Binational Health Week is a nation-wide effort to improve the health and well-being of the Latino population in the U.S. through a weeklong series of health promotion and education activities.
Because of the Hispanic community’s high rate of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, leading causes of organ failure, it is very important for Latinos to register to become organ donors. Currently, there are nearly 17,000 Hispanics in the United States waiting for a transplant, almost 14,000 of whom are waiting for a kidney transplant. The Foundation’s Multicultural Outreach Program seeks to provide community-based education and outreach for minority communities. At this health fair, the Foundation provided educational materials about organ and tissue donation in both Spanish and English and answered many visitors’ questions about donation.
The Foundation’s booth during
Binational Health Week.