2024 Incentive Grant Recipient: Madison Keller, PharmD, MBA
Project Proposal: Assessing Patient Interest in a Pharmacist-led Weight Management Service
Madison Keller is a PGY1 Community-based Resident at Albertsons Companies and Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.
"One of the goals of Healthy People 2030 is to “increase the proportion of health care visits by adults with obesity that include counseling on weight loss medications, nutrition, or physical activity.” By 2030 this initiative sets out to ensure 32.6% of patients with obesity are counseled by health care professionals on weight loss, nutrition, or physical activity counseling. As of 2023, only 21% of these patients are being counseled. Grocery store pharmacists are well positioned to address this gap in care."
"In recent years, there has been an increase in FDA-approved weight loss medications showing statistical and clinical significance in reducing weight in overweight and obese patients. These medications are not the sole answer for weight loss management and must be supplemented with non-pharmacological therapies. Grocery store pharmacists, such as those at Albertsons Companies, are uniquely situated to provide medication counseling to these patients and lifestyle counseling in real-time."
"I am most excited about gathering feedback from our patients to see what works best for them regarding weight loss, especially in a grocery store pharmacy setting. I would like to take the information gathered to set a framework for future pharmacist provided education to impact my patients’ health."