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Multicultural Perspectives

Mobilizing the message in minority communities

More than 50 percent of patients on the national transplant waiting list come from multicultural populations. That’s primarily because diseases that affect kidneys, the heart and other organs are found more often in those populations. African Americans, for example, are three times more likely to suffer from kidney disease than Caucasians.

At the same time, multicultural populations are underrepresented on the Donor Registry, often because of cultural myths or misconceptions.

Gift of Life Michigan has a special partnership with the Detroit MOTTEP Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates minority communities in Michigan about organ and tissue donation. Together, we partner under the name "Gift of Life MOTTEP." This community-based approach has greatly increased the number of minority organ and tissue donors in Michigan since 1995.

In 2012, a video project aimed at helping bolster the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in Wayne County – home to Detroit – was created to bring about awareness.  Waiting to Live, Wayne County addresses the gap.


For more information

To learn more about minorities and organ donation and community awareness campaigns, contact Gift of Life MOTTEP Director Remonia Chapman at or call the MOTTEP office in Detroit at 313-875-9055.