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2013 Annual Conference Schedule

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Tuesday, September 17th




1:00pm – 4:30pm

Workshop : Cross Cultural Communications Training Examine your personal cultural and racial beliefs and assumptions; learn strategies to overcome stereotypes; and increase awareness of cultural cues helpful in working with African Americans, Latinos, and Asians.Diane Burbie, The ASPIRE Group

Cross Cultural Communications Navigating in ever changing waters

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Committee Chairs’ Meeting

5:30pm – 6:30pm

New Members Meet and Greet – Host: Maria Veve, Manager, Tissue Donor Program, LifeLink Foundation


Board of Directors Meeting and Dinner

Wednesday, September 18th

9:00am – 9:15pm 2013 Conference Welcome

  • Bobby Howard, President, AMATTom Mone, CEO/Executive Vice President, OneLegacy 
9:15am – 9:45am “We Can Get Along! or how the LAPD lowered crime by building trust in multicultural communities”

  • Sandy Jo MacArthur, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

Moderator: Sonia Navarro, Latino Community Coordinator, OneLegacy


9:45am – 10:45am Plenary Session: “Healthcare reform: How will it affect access to healthcare in multicultural communities”

  • Attorney Daniel Dawes, who during health reform negotiations founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform

Moderator: Heidi Nicome, Executive Associate, LifeChoice Donor Services

Eliminating Healthcare Disparities

10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:30am Plenary Session: “End-of-life Decisions and Palliative Care from a Multicultural Perspective”

  • Dr. Marwa Kilani, director of palliative care at Providence Holy Cross Hospital

Moderator: Maria Veve,  Manager, Tissue Donor Program, LifeLink Foundation

 Multicultural Perspectives on End-of-Life Decisions and Palliative Care

11:30am – 12:30 Plenary Session: “A Religious + Cultural perspective of donation: Buddhists, Muslims, and Bahai”

  • Venerable Jue Ji, University of the WestRandolph Dobbs, Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Los Angeles (CA)Additional guests (TBD)

Moderator:  Dr. Reverend Kelvin Stacher

 Buddhist Perspective on Donation

12:30pm-1:45pm Presidential Awards Luncheon
2:00pm-2:30pm Plenary Session: “Working with AMAT : Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice (DTCP)”

  • Kevin Myer, President and Chief Executive Officer, LifeGift

Moderator: Erskine Gillespie, Community Development Coord., Mid-South TX Foundation

Working with AMAT: An Update from the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice

2:30pm – 3:30pm Plenary Session, Part I: “Best-Practices from AMAT members”

  • “How to bring your Donate Life Gospel concert back to life!”, by Vanessa Duvert, Gift of Life Donor Program.
  • “New Hispanic Initiatives: ”Mission Smile” and “A Summer Filled with Hope”, by Raiza Mendoza, Gift of Hope.
  • “Battle for Life College HBCU Campus Challenge”, by Carla Hawkins and Natalie Chambliss-Beach, LifeLink® of Georgia.


Moderator: Freddy Medina, Community Education Specialist, Washington Regional TX Community

College Campus Challenge

How to Bring Your Gospel Concert Back to Life and Go Beyond Preaching to the Choir!

“Battle for Life” College Campus Challenge

Positioning your OPO in the Community

3:30pm-4:15pm AMAT Committee Meetings

Moderator: Remonia Chapman, Program Director, Gift of Life Michigan/MOTTEP

4:15pm Adjourn
6:30 – 9:30pm Welcoming Celebration at Jillian’s in Universal CityWalk Hollywood – Food, Drinks, Bowling, and Dancing!

Thursday, September 19

9:00am – 10:00am Plenary Session: “How are OPO’s adapting to demographic changes or multicultural opportunities?”

  • A round table moderated by Tom Mone, CEO, OneLegacy (Los Angeles), with the participation of  Lloyd Jordan, CEO, Carolina Donor Services (North Carolina); and Kevin Myer, CEO, LifeGift (Houston).

Moderator: Bobby Howard, AMAT’s President

Demographics and Mapping to Better Serve Diverse Communities

Carolina Donor Services

LifeGift Houston

10:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session: “Donate Life America Breaks New Ground—Join Us!”

  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Donate Life America Advisory Council ChairBill Ryan, President & CEO, Transplant Games of America

Moderator: Cathy Olmo, Community Development Manager, CTDN

Donate Life America Breaks New Ground

Transplant Games

10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am-11:30 Plenary Session: “Donation and Transplantation among Undocumented Immigrants”

  • Mel Bearns, Chair of AMAT’s Latino Working Group, CTDN
  • Robin Worker LCSW, PsyD, Clinical Social Worker III, UC Irvine Medical Center, Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Moderator:  Elena de la Cruz, Media Relations Specialist, OneLegacy

California Transplant Donor Network

University of California Irvine Medical Center

11:30am – 12:15 Plenary Session: “Working with grieving families and volunteers. Self-care and burn-out prevention”

  • Michelle Post MFT, AfterCare Specialist, OneLegacy

Moderator: Lisa Upsher, CORE MOTTEP Program Director, Center for Organ Recovery & Education

OneLegacy’s Experience

12:15pm – 1:30pm Business Meeting Luncheon
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Plenary Session, Part II: “Best-Practices from AMAT members” 

  • “How to work with Asian Media”, by Joyce Shimazu, Director Community Relations and Janelle So, host of Kababayan Show, LA 18/KSCI TV.
  • “Encouraging donation among African Americans through hair stylists, church members, and sorority/fraternities”, by Remonia Chapman, Gift of Life MOTTEP.
  • “Partnering with Be The Match and the Red Cross to target multicultural communities”, by Amber McGuire, KODA.

Creating National Partnerships on a Local Level

Encouraging donation through hair stylists, church members, and sorority and fraternities

How to Work with Asian Media

2:45pm – 3:15pm Plenary Session: “Multicultural Health Disparities in Transplantation”

  • Dr. Martin Cadeiras, Pre-Post Transplant Cardiologist, UCLA School of Medicine.

Moderator: Jeffrey Graham, Organ Placement/Profusionist, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency


3:15 pm-4:00pm AMAT Committee Meetings

Moderator: Remonia Chapman, Program Director, Gift of Life Michigan/MOTTEP

4:00pm Adjourn
5:00 pm – 6:30pm  Cocktail Reception 

Friday, September 20

9:00am –10:00 am

Plenary Session: “Impact of Culture and Diversity in Hospital Huddles”

  • Rosaline Rhoden, Designated Requestor II, LifeLink of GeorgiaGreg Jackson, Hospital Services Coordinator, Mid-South Transplant FoundationZola Burgess, Community Outreach Coord., Mid-South Transplant FoundationMichael Munoz-Romero, Procurement Transplant Coordinator, OneLegacy

Moderator:  Teri Reaves, Hospital Services Specialist, Washington Regional TX Community


10:00am – 11:00am AMAT Committees presentations

Moderator: Remonia Chapman, Program Director, Gift of Life Michigan/MOTTEP

11:00am – 11:15am 2014 Conference Announcement and Adjournment

  • Representative from LifeGift of Texas to announce next year conference 



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