The Institute for Family Medicine (IFM) is elated to announce the new Kidney TLC initiative made possible with support from the Mid-America Transplant Foundation!
Kidney TLC (Test, Learn, Change) is an innovative new program that will focus on early diagnosis of risk factors for chronic renal disease in young people. IFM will test for obesity, hypertension, and diabetes in teenagers and young adults. Any patients with elevated risk factors will have access to follow-up medical visits and education on prevention and treatment of the disease. Through the generosity of the Mid-America Transplant Foundation, IFM clinicians will also receive education regarding chronic renal disease to empower them to understand risk factors and communicate to patients more effectively. The program will be offered in our partnering sites, mostly concentrated in North St. Louis City and County. One key site involved in the program will be the Epworth Drop-In Center, a facility that assists homeless or at-risk homeless teens in finding safe, permanent housing.
The ability to provide preventative care is critical in the long-term goal of reducing the need for kidney transplants. Focusing on this particular area around St. Louis will allow a young, at-risk population to increase their own health literacy, receive treatment, and empower them to take charge of their own well-being. Overall, this initiative will allow the Institute for Family Medicine to reach those who need us most, in a long-term fashion, with no out-of-pocket cost to them.
We are excited to embark on this journey with support from the Mid-American Transplant Foundation!