Have you heard?  Our community education team is excited to start the 2017-18 school year under the new Ohio state mandate which includes organ, eye and tissue donation in the Health curriculum!

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill which mandates Ohio high school Health classes must ” include instruction in: (g) the process of making an anatomical gift under Chapter 2108 of the Revised Code, with an emphasis on the life-saving and life-enhancing effects of organ, eye and tissue donation.”  This is a very important piece of legislation for the donation community and was inspired by a request that Donate Life Ambassador, liver recipient and student, Emmalyn Brown, made to her local representative, Debby Phillips of Athens and Rep. Cheryl Grossman of Grove City.

Schools across the state will have access to free resources on www.donatelifeohio.org, including a powerful new video (starring our Ambassadors!) and supplies for students to share with their parents.

While we are proud of the materials and new video, we know that having a community educator visit a classroom is the Gold Standard.  If you know an Ohio high school health teacher, please be a strong advocate and share how important donation education is to you – and countless others. Or, send their information to our community education supervisor, Jenny Hudak-Million.