Achieving Transplant Equity: Closing the Gaps in Disparities, Interventions, and Research

  • August 23, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 pm
  • In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
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Lunch will be served. Please RSVP.

In the United States, African Americans experience disproportionately high rates of end stage renal disease (ESRD), but they are substantially less likely to receive living donor kidney transplants (LDKT). African American patients may encounter barriers to LDKT at several steps along the path to receiving it, including consideration, pursuit, completion of LDKT, and the post-LDKT experience. This presentation will discuss potential opportunities to address barriers to LDKT and promote equity in access to LDKT.

At the end of this talk you will be able to:

  • Describe factors influencing disparities in access to kidney transplantation in the US
  • Discuss examples of promising strategies that may help to reduce these disparities

Meet the Speaker

Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery, Epidemiology, and Health Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Her AHRQ- and NIH-funded research focuses on addressing factors that contribute to health disparities for adults with chronic kidney disease, and related risk factors, including diabetes and hypertension. In her role as the Director of Education and Training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, she leads the center’s award-winning educational and training initiatives. Dr. Purnell also has a national appointment as the Region 2 Representative to the OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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