Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH, was recently appointed to a 3-year term as the new Region 2 Representative to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) / United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Minority Affairs Committee. The OPTN/UNOS is a public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system to develop national organ transplantation policy. In this role, she will provide insights from her research findings to inform policy development, research and data analysis, and educational and informational projects to promote equity in access to transplantation in the United States. She will also communicate her committee’s activities to medical professionals, transplant recipients, and donor families in Region 2 (including MD, DE, NJ, PA, WV, and D.C.) and gather input to make certain that members of this region have an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions. Congratulations, Tanjala!
On episode 54 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we are talking about new HOPE, namely the HOPE Act. The HOPE Act, enacted into law in 2013, paves the way for people living with HIV to become organ donors to potential recipients living with HIV. Dr. Christine Durand chats with our hosts about HOPE in Action, a research study piloted out of John Hopkins University that puts the HOPE Act into practice and is saving more lives. We then welcome in studio guest Dorian Gray Alexander. Dorian hosts a radio show, Proof Positive, is an advocate for the HIV+ community, and a member of a popular male dance group in New Orleans called the 610 Stompers. He talks with hosts about the implications of the HOPE Act and even teaches them some dance move during a break! We honor Hero Anthony Eichmann, talk about getting ready for National Blue and Green Day, and run into a two-time Superbowl champ with the Giants, who’s raising awareness about the need for more registered organ, eye & tissue donors. Don’t miss this action packed episode of The Gifted Life Podcast.
ERGOT Faculty, Macey Henderson, JD PhD, was elected to a 3-year term on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors. Henderson will serve as a Patient and Donors Affairs Representative. The Board of Directors is the governing body that oversees and participates in developing policies for operating the OPTN that provide equitable organ allocation to patients registered on the national waiting list, ensure quality standards for membership, and establish data submission requirements. Currently, the same board that serves the OPTN also serves the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that holds the contract to operate the OPTN.