The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced $2.7 million in grants to help identify effective strategies for increasing organ donation.
The funds are awarded under four grant programs administered by the Division of Transplantation in HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau:
"Each year, the number of individuals waiting for a life-saving organ far exceeds the number of available donors,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “With more than 103,000 Americans on the national waiting list today, we have to step up our efforts to identify and fund programs that help increase the number of donors."
HRSA has Federal oversight of the nation's organ , bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation programs. A list of grant awards follows.
Social and Behavioral Interventions
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc.
The Regents of the University of Michigan
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation
Michigan State University
Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization, Inc.
The Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of University at Buffalo
Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
West Virginia University Research Corporation
State Donor Registry Support
Virginia Department of Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.
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