Did you know that 29% of the transplant waiting list is composed of African Americans, but only 13% of organ donors are African American?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
We believe SODA, with its nationwide network of 31 student-led organ donation chapters, has an important role to play in helping to close this healthcare equity gap.
SODA: Student Organ Donation Advocates inspires and supports student-led organ donation education and registration efforts on high school and college campuses, and our goal is to expand to HBCUs. We want to activate their student leaders to begin a lifetime passion for organ donation advocacy.
We plan to bring SODA to HBCUs by:
Providing scholarships to HBCU students who are passionate about organ and tissue donation advocacy
Reviewing and updating our chapter resources to ensure cultural competency and humility
Partnering with OPOs and other organizations to identify student leaders at HBCUs who can start SODA chapters
Help close the gap and get involved!
We need your help to bring student organ donation advocacy to HBCUs in order to close the gap between the number of African Americans on the transplant waiting list and the number of African American organ donors! Here's how to get involved today:
Start a SODA Chapter at a HBCU! If you or someone you know is a HBCU student, consider leading organ donation education and hosting registration events on your campus.
Advise a SODA chapter at a HBCU. Are you part of an OPO or Donate Life State Team that is interested in starting a SODA chapter on a HBCU in your service area?
Support SODA's HBCU expansion financially: From March 22nd to March 26th, all donations to our Donate and Educate campaign will support our HBCU expansion and have TWICE the impact thanks to our matching donors: Hearts for Emma, Hearts for Russ, Laura Miller Memorial Fund, and Richie's Spirit Foundation.