Kidney and other organ donation awareness was promoted in the Tucson community and sign up or registration was encouraged through churches in greater Tucson, Arizona. The St. Andrews’ Presbyterian Faith Community Nursing Church Ministry had permission from the church session to implement this kidney donation program there first.
The church’s adult and youth groups were educated about living and deceased kidney and other organ donation. A short presentation was held at each of four congregational assemblies, set throughout the day for Sunday, March 19, 2017, to promote the program events. At each of the three morning services (7:30am, 9:00 am and 10:45 am) and at the 6:00 pm Youth Group Meeting Faith Community Nurses and DCI volunteers staffed information tables with written information and handouts, primarily obtained through Donate Life Arizona. A recent kidney transplant recipient church congregation member had agreed to staff one of the tables that will be set up at entrance and exit doors and at the back of the church for this awareness and donor sign up mission also.
On April 5, 2017, other Tucson churches Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Church representatives were assembled for a presentation from me and the St. Andrew’s Church FCN Coordinator, Louise Doran, MSN, FCN, to outline the methods and materials we used, including the information, power point presentation and handouts we develop for this DCI Purpose Project. Implementation of this program model in schools, especially for teens applying for drivers’ licenses where organ donation registration occurs, would be a next step.