BCFI is the answer to State Assembly Bill 1967, proposed by Assemblyman John Perez, and signed into law on September 26, 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown.
State AB 1967 will insure information that organ and tissue donation is taught in health and science classes statewide by 2014.
Sharon Castellanos, CEO, conducted her recent study: Intent of Hispanic/Latino Adolescents toward Tissue and Organ Donation:
A Pilot Study of a Culturally Sensitive Educational Intervention in 3 high schools with a predominantly Hispanic student population.
The research study indicated that a culturally appropriate, single classroom intervention can correct misinformation and promote communication regarding tissue/organ donation
among high school students. The intervention appeared particularly effective among Hispanics, a group traditionally underrepresented among tissue and organ donors.
- 121, 968 individuals are waiting for an organ, of which 25,437 are Hispanic (UNOS, 2014)
- Hispanic need for suitable organs has increased by 260% (Alvarado, 2006).
- 22 individuals die each day waiting for a transplant (UNOS, 2014).
- Every 10 minutes one individual joins the waiting list for suitable organ (UNOS, 2014)
- Adolescents are faced with the necessity of making a personal decision about organ and tissue donation, often without receiving education on the importance of this decision (HRSA, 2007).
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BCFI’s strategic vision is to be a leader in adolescent education surrounding tissue and organ donation through public education. This research shows that a diverse single
classroom intervention can have population-level impact on future health communities.
The story of Brandon is one of altruistic gifts, and the story of us is yet to be written. Join us (BCFI) on this mission by your support, endorsement,
and/or donation as we create the best practices to address the healthcare crisis of organ donation. Remember Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc.
help us to close the gap of this healthcare crisis through education and by doing so gift life and quality of life to so many deserving family, friends and colleagues.
Your donation is needed to answer the calls of many individuals waiting for a transplant. Help us to Help Spread the Word and to continue our platform of evidence
based curriculum research presented to our adolescent leaders of the future.
Current research is in process. This study will examine the effects of BCFI’s curriculum within 10 high schools in San Jose California East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD).
Title: Intent to donate a comparison of 2 high school curriculums. Research question Will an educational intervention based on Transtheorectial (TTM)
and Social-Ecological of Change -Models targeting adolescents in San Jose East Side Union High School District improve the intent to donate tissue/organs
compared to the standard tissue/organ donation curriculum? While the existing studies have sketched out a path forward for improving organ donation
results, more research is urgently needed to determine which communication tactics are most effective, and what other institutional resources can be brought to bear on this issue.
Alvaro, E. M., Jones, S. P., Robles, A. S., Siegel, J. Hispanic Organ Donation: Impact of a Spanish-Language Organ Donation Campaign. Journal of the National Medical Association, 2006; 1: 28-67.
HRSA Transplant Center Growth & Management Collaborative: Best Practices Evaluation. Final Report. US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation; Sep, 2007.
United Nation of Organ Sharing. Data reports and Policies. Available at: http://www.unos.org. Accessed October 15, 2014.