Mapping Care Coordination for Children in Minnesota
In Minnesota, a systems mapping process, which gathered input from stakeholders from across the state, was undertaken to assess strengths, challenges, gaps, and redundancies that are occurring around care coordination.
Children and youth with special health needs and their families often need a wide variety of medical, psychosocial, educational, and support services. Without effective care coordination, CYSHN can receive fragmented or duplicative services - ultimately receiving less than optimal care and causing unnecessary stress and frustration for families. In order to improve care coordination for CYSHCN, stakeholders need to have a better understanding of current cross-system care coordination efforts.
What did we do in Minnesota?
During 2015 - 2016, we conducted a series of regional meetings across the state with stakeholders involved in providing or receiving care coordination. The specific objectives for these regional meetings included:
- Discuss greatest opportunities and challenges in coordinating care;
- Gain understanding of the complexity of care coordination from the family's perspective;
- Complete system mapping to identify current organizations and initiatives supporting the care coordination system, identify current gaps and redundancies in the system, and guide systems improvement efforts;
- Develop and prioritize recommendations to improve care coordination;
- Brainstorm ideas on ways each participant can improve how they practice care coordination;
- Discuss and plan for ways that care coordinators can collaborate and/or continue working with each other to improve care coordination in their region.
What were our findings?
Regional and state-level findings from our systems assessment are included in the reports linked below:
- Statewide Summary Report (PDF): In addition to statewide findings, the statewide summary includes background information on the project, details on the methodology and assessment tools.
- Northeast Region Report (PDF)
- Northwest Region Report (PDF)
- Southwest / South Central Region Report (PDF)
- Twin Cities Metro Region Report (PDF)
- Southeast Region Report (PDF)
- Central Region Report (PDF)