At Risk...Underserved...What does that mean? It can mean many things: lack of availability of services, lack of awareness regarding care options or health services, stigma, lack of affordability, lack of community programs, geographic isolation, lack of transportation, cultural barriers, and lack of trust.
But almost always, it means lack of fairness.
Even with proper access to healthcare and a supportive community, it can be difficult to learn of or recognize one's best options when confronting kidney disease. Race and income inequality in the United States pose additional challenges when it comes to healthcare. Studies show that, not only do low income and minority populations often face higher instances of kidney failure, they also tend to be less able to access the proper healthcare and support they need.
African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans are all disproportionately more likely to need a transplant but less likely to be referred to a transplant center. In fact, tens of thousands of patients medically suitable for transplants never make it to the waiting list. The most recent data show that once on the list, African Americans wait 40 percent longer to receive a kidney than whites do, and Hispanic candidates wait 50 percent longer.
Kidneys in Common wants people to know of the need that surrounds them. Kidneys in Common will work with organizations effective within at-risk communities to mobilize awareness of those suffering from kidney disease, while also activating support for those who would consider helping by donating their extra kidney.
Think About It...
Minority Communities -- It's in the numbers
Community= Extended Family
A Matter of Trust --