Care Coordination Quality Improvement Grants
To expand our efforts to support implementation of best practices of care coordination services across the state, the CYSHN section plans to provide funding to primary and specialty care practices to plan and implement quality improvement projects related to care coordination for the pediatric and young adult population.
A total of $160,000 is available to fund up to four individual project grants of $40,000 each. Quality improvement projects will last 18 months, beginning October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020. Opportunities to share strategies and challenges with other grantees, along with technical assistance from the MDH CYSHN staff, will help practices implement care coordination efforts.
Most recent data on care coordination from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) showed that only 60.5% of families of CYSHN in Minnesota received effective care coordination. This suggests opportunity for improvement in ensuring families receive appropriate, comprehensive care coordination services. Social determinants of health should be a key consideration when providing effective, comprehensive care coordination to CYSHN and their families. The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health defines social determinants of health as the "family and community factors that affect individuals' health and well-being." Examples of social determinants of health include things such as income/economic stability, education, employment status, food access, neighborhood and physical environment, and community/social connectedness.
The Request for Proposal, Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Care Coordination Quality Improvement Grants, has been posted. Applications are due by August 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) (CST).
MDH staff will be available to provide consultation and guidance during the application process. For assistance, please contact Judy Bifulk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that MDH staff will not be able to help with writing the application.