Last year, the Lutheran faith celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; it was a reminder to us all —that we need to be “always reforming;” always looking for new ways to see the world; and always pursuing our calling in life.
We are intentional about living out the Reformation through our mission at KenCrest; and I’m happy to report on one of our latest ‘reforms.’ In 2017 we started working with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Minnesota; through this new relationship we were introduced to an innovative approach in health promotion— MTM, or Medication Therapy Management. MTM services are offered by consulting pharmacists who meet with clients; look at their health records and prescriptions; and then make recommendations for specific tests or changes to their medical plans to reduce side effects, costs, and/or improve the client’s health outcomes. One of the latest tests offered is Genomic Testing; physicians and pharmacists can look at your genetic profile and see how medications are being processed by your body.
We are piloting MTM with a group of people we support; thus far nine individuals have experienced MTM services with Genomic Testing. After a round of tests we were very excited to learn that the Genomic results verified why some medications didn’t seem to be working for one of our folks. The testing showed that his body could not metabolize a specific medication, and it wouldn’t work for him. His doctor is now aware and pursuing other options for him. Through this reform, we are using new health approaches and technology. We’re truly grateful for LSS of Minnesota and the partners we have made; including Consana Pharmacist and Simply Connect who are helping us to continue to learn, and to keep improving.
We are always exploring new possibilities and mobilizing resources; and we are living out our mission to help people experience the ‘everyday lives’ they have dreamed of.