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A DMV-Based Intervention to Increase Organ Donation in NYS

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November 16, 2011

In September 2011, the Alliance was awarded a two-year HRSA funded grant entitled "A DMV-Based Intervention to Increase Organ Donation in NYS" to work in DMV offices educating customers and Motor Vehicles Representatives (MVRs) about organ, eye and tissue donation.  This will be accomplished through the use of Point of Decision (POD) materials including posters and enrollment cards with printed information on donation.  Modules will educate MVRs about the donation process and provide scripts for responding to anticipated customer queries about the donation process.  In terms of outreach, the project aims to educate clerks in 25 of the 40 counties that permit POD materials in their DMV branches.  The goal of the project is to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State by increasing the number and proportion of individuals who enroll in the statewide registry. 

Melanie Evans, Program Director for the Alliance is managing this grant in conjunction with Drs. Thomas Feeley and Ashley Anker along with Graduate Research Assistant Tobias Reynolds-Tylus.  This team previously worked together another HRSA grant from 2008 to 2011.  For more information, contact mevans@alliancefordonation.org or call Melanie at 518-326-3237 x 10.

GRANT ACTIVITIES

In Spring 2012, Point-of-Decision Materials were developed and distributed to 37 participating counties.  A subsequent distribution was sent out in Spring 2013.

In Summer 2012, surveys were conducted of customers exiting DMV offices.  The survey and a report of the survey findings can be viewed here.

In Fall 2012, a website dedicated to the project went live at www.nydrives4life.com.  The intent of the website is to provide basic donation-related information to DMV customers, and also includes an educational section to serve as a resource for Motor Vehicle Representatives (MVRs).  

In Winter 2012 - 2013, needs assessment surveys of MVRs were developed and conducted.  133 MVRs participated in 17 counties.  Results are currently being compiled.

In Winter 2012 - 2013, an education module was developed, aiming to make MVRs comfortable with their role in signing up DMV customers on the New York State Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

In Spring and Summer 2013, in-person educational sessions were conducted in DMV offices.  Participating counties include: Broome, Cayuga, Columbia, Erie, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schuyler, and Wayne.

In March 2014, a scholarly article based on the 2012 customer exit surveys entitled "Reasons for (not) signing the state registry: surveying Department of Motor Vehicles customers in New York state" was published in the journal Progress in Transplantation