LATINO HEALTH: Sharp Sponsors Spanish Videoconferences
As part of its eight-part Spanish videoconference series on health topics pertinent to Latinos, Sharp HealthCare next month will discuss the specific need for Latino organ donors and how ethnicity affects the matching process between donors and recipients. According to Sharp, 27% of people needing organ donations are Hispanic, but only a small percentage of donors are Hispanic. This is a troubling trend because ethnic background is important in finding a good tissue match for kidney transplants, the organ most needed by Hispanic transplant patients. Co-sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Acquisition Center, the video segment will air in San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Escondido and El Cajon. Sharp is sponsoring the series of health education conferences, which are televised on ITV Communication at 3 p.m. on Sundays, to bring important health information to San Diego County's growing Latino community (Sharp release, 3/30). The previous segments dealt with such topics as cancer, diabetes, antibiotics, heart disease and prenatal care. The future segments will discuss stroke and head and spinal injuries. For more information, call 800-827-4277.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.