Explore Transplant (ET) is the nation’s leading kidney transplant education program. Since 2009, ET has helped tens of thousands of kidney patients across the United States and Canada live healthier live by walking them through the often-confusing and emotional transplant decision process. ET has educated more than 4,000 dialysis and nephrology providers in over 120 training seminars through partnerships with transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, foundations, and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks. ET has also collaborated on research and published clear, empathetic educational resources that providers can use with patients.
In early 2017, ET announced that it will partner with St. Louis-based Health Literacy Media (HLM) to further improve the lives of kidney patients and their families and guide the providers who care for them. After meeting with several potential nonprofit partners, Waterman and her team chose HLM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, for its skill in customized communications, health literacy for diverse audiences, and sophisticated digital marketing. Going forward, HLM will manage key components of the ET portfolio, including trainings offered to new partners, sales and service of educational materials, and development of international training materials.
Explore Transplant was founded by Dr. Amy D. Waterman. Dr. Waterman is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Division of Nephrology and the Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at UCLA. TREC focuses on understanding the critical, modifiable patient, provider, and system barriers affecting deceased and living donor kidney transplant rates and designing interventions to overcome them. TREC is a collaboration with the Terasaki Research Institute.