Our Initiatives

Results Innovation Lab

A dynamic part of our ongoing Children, Youth & Families initiative, Results Innovation Lab empowers providers to lead collaborative efforts with a wider variety of partners in their communities, eliminates silos too often found in standard practices of today’s service systems and programs, and activates all stakeholders toward a common goal — dramatically improving the trajectory of 20,000 vulnerable children in America by 2024.

Our member organizations from our national network that participate in the Lab work to strengthen families to stay together or, if that isn’t possible, help ensure children and youth are safe and connected to their communities, schools, jobs and families, and are able to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. Numerous successes in several states already have been delivered, and by becoming a national model, Results Innovation Lab has the potential to make a life-defining difference in the lives of exponentially more children and youth throughout America.

For further information about Results Innovation Lab, contact Sheila Weber at sweber@lutheranservices.org.

For a variety of Lab resources, click here.

Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative

Eighty-seven percent of seniors want to stay in their own home and community as they age, AARP reports. Rural seniors are no exception, yet they face additional challenges when it comes to important social determinants such as access to transportation and health care services, isolation and loneliness, and food security. Given how America’s older adult population is growing at record rates, innovative approaches are needed to improve rural seniors’ quality of life.

Here’s where Lutheran Services in America’s Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative comes in. The collaborative learning model is committed to developing and implementing solutions that enable older rural adults to maintain their autonomy, improve their health and well-being, and achieve a higher quality of life. With the benefit of independent academic evaluation and validation of program results from professionals as North Dakota State University, the Collaborative continues to leverage the unique assets and resources of rural communities, and develop person-centered approaches to help seniors remain in their homes and communities, living with purpose and meaning. We are seeing great successes in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and expect this valuable collaborative to grow and thrive.

For further details on the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative, contact David Zauche at dzauche@lutheranservices.org.

For a variety of Collaborative resources, click here.

Connect-Home

Developed by Dr. Mark Toles at the University of North Carolina, Lutheran Services in America’s Connect-Home Collaborative is an evidence-based transitional care process that empowers patients and their caregivers to manage patients’ serious illnesses at home, improve function, and prevent avoidable re-hospitalizations.

Comprised of a set of protocols and tools that guide the important transition time between patients’ post-acute care and their return to home, Connect-Home focuses on implementing transitional care services in Lutheran Services in America’s participating member organizations that provide skilled nursing, expediting service delivery, maximizing impact and expanding the potential for broad change. Our person-centered transition care plans, combined with better empowering staff and utilizing data for quality improvements, are making a world of difference for patients.

For further details about Connect-Home, contact David Zauche at dzauche@lutheranservices.org.

For a variety of Connect-Home resources, click here.

LSA Senior Connect

America’s aging population battling one or more chronic conditions is growing at record rates, helping explain why chronic care for seniors represents a key area of concern for healthcare provider and payer organizations nationwide. Nearly all Medicare dollars (99%) are spent on patients with one or more chronic conditions, and by 2025 chronic disease will affect half the country. Research shows that models of care that integrate health care and social services offer substantial health benefits for seniors and contribute to their quality of life – yet most provider organizations are relatively unprepared to address chronic illness management.

Here is where LSA Senior Connect is making a real difference. An innovative service coordination program that connects seniors with chronic health conditions to needed resources in their communities, LSA SeniorConnect enables this vulnerable, rising-risk population to manage their chronic conditions and addresses key social determinants of health to help them stay healthy, avoid hospitalization, and remain living independently in their home and community.

For further details about Senior Connect, contact Alesia Frerichs at afrerichs@lutheranservices.org.

Lutheran Services in America–Disability Network

Lutheran Services in America–Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions. LSA-DN includes 21 member organizations that provide support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

LSA-DN believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have the opportunity to be full participants in the community with the right to determine where they live, work and contribute to society. LSA-DN represents collective action toward a shared goal. As a nationwide network of faith-based providers, we work together to advocate for person-centered support and improvements to long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

LSA-DN hosts network meetings per year, a time for our members to gather, share with one another, and act on new and innovative resources and insights. LSA-DN has three sub-working groups:

  • The Policy and Advocacy Team is focused on federal legislation and policy.
  • The Culture and Engagement Working Group is focused on workforce development, growth and engagement.
  • The Data and Outcomes Learning Collaborative is a small group of DN member who are committing to exploring data and best practices in ID/DD services.