As part of our research exploring ethnocultural barriers to living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), we are honoured to be working with the Black Health Alliance on a joint venture to understand and address barriers to LDKT in the diverse African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities in Ontario.
The Black Health Alliance is a community-led charitable organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of Black communities in Canada. The Black Health Alliance champions health equity through engaging in systems change, health promotion, research, and public policy.
Through our collaboration with the Black Health Alliance and in partnership with the Centre for Living Organ Donation at UHN, we are engaging patients and community partners to explore barriers to LDKT in ACB communities and creating new pathways and tools to improve equitable access to LDKT.
Given the significantly lower likelihood of receiving an LDKT in ACB patients with end-stage kidney disease (See our research article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28207634), this partnership is a crucial step forward in ensuring equitable access to transplant for diverse communities in Canada and beyond.
We look forward to seeing where our growing collaborative efforts take us!