Donate Life America – Spring Conference Recap

The Donate Life Illinois team returned from the blistering heat of Phoenix today after spending Monday and Tuesday at Donate Life America’s Donor Designation Collaborative Spring 2008 Meeting. That’s a mouthful.

Initiated in fall 2006, Donate Life America launched the Donor Designation Collaborative (DDC) with the goal of increasing the number of organ & tissue donor registrations (according to the action necessary in each state) from the then current level of 60 million to 100 million. Given that each state has it’s own registry, a key part of the DDC is working to accomplish benchmark goals such as developing partnerships with Driver Facilities or establishing online registries.

It was mind-blowing to see just how far the DDC faculty have come in the past couple years in terms of gathering data and truly pushing the needle to put states on a level plateau and ultimately increase donor registrations.

The conference also featured various breakout sessions on volunteer programming, creative partnerships and other topics. Donate Life Illinois even had the pleasure of leading a small session on social media and it’s utility within the transplant community.

Lastly, the folks over at Donate Life California unveiled the new float design that will be featured in the 2009 Rose Parade. You can read all about it on the Donate Life Rose Parade website as it looks to be another great float to help spread the word on the importance of organ donation.

All in all, a great experience and fantastic to hear from so many with personal ties to the issue.

-Scott

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