Black Lives Matter

“African Americans are disproportionately affected by inequities that reduce access to healthcare and illness, often leading to organ failure. Lifeline of Ohio recognizes that before we can empower the Black community to save and heal others through organ, eye and tissue donation, we must first acknowledge their pain, cultivate trust, provide support and deliver resources to improve their overall health and wellness.”

Kent Holloway, CEO Lifeline of Ohio

Our why

African Americans comprise 13 percent of the US population, but make up 32 percent of those waiting for a kidney transplant.

Our partners

Lifeline of Ohio partners with organizations such as The Links, Inc, The Columbus Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club (pictured) and faith leaders to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation in the Black community.

Our work

Lifeline of Ohio supports the community by participating in health fairs, such as The African American Male Wellness Walk, Linden Festival and sponsoring community events to spread the Donate Life message.

Original Programs like A Hero’s Tribute, Worship for Life and ShopTalk utilize a “for us/by us” approach in which African Americans share the facts about donation with other African Americans.

Our African American Advisory Council, comprised of leaders from the business, medical, non-profit, faith-based and donation community, utilize their platforms to advance donation advocacy. View Advisory Council members.

For more information on African American outreach, email Demia Kandi at Dkandi@lifelineofohio.org.