Capacity Assessment Project



To understand how ready Minnesota providers and patients are for health care homes, MDH contracted with a consortium of Minnesota primary care associations to perform a capacity and readiness assessment in the spring and summer of 2009. The Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation partnered with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians and Stratis Health to accomplish the duties of the contract.

The project included:

  • A survey of primary care clinics in Minnesota
  • A survey of Minnesota consumers
  • Focus groups with Minnesota consumers


Final Report

Based on the assessment:

  • The majority of responding Minnesota primary care clinics are preparing for health care home implementation.
  • Consumers are somewhat aware of health care homes, but it is clear that more must be done to educate consumers about the concept.
  • There is a considerable gap between clinic and consumer perspectives about current use of health care home components.

The final report includes data and information from the clinic survey, the consumer survey and the consumer focus groups. Read more of the findings and recommendations:

Minnesota Health Care Home Capacity Assessment (PDF: 511KB/31 pages)


Clinic Survey

A survey went to more than 735 primary care clinics in Minnesota on April 16, 2009, and responses were collected in April and May.

You can review a copy of the survey here: Sample Clinic Survey (PDF: 85KB/8 pages)


Consumer Survey

Minnesotans were invited in May 2009 to complete an online survey to share their perspectives about health care and health care homes.

You can review a copy of the survey here: Sample Consumer Survey (PDF: 172KB/13 pages)


Consumer Focus Groups

Five consumer focus groups took place across Minnesota in April to gather information from consumers about their experiences with health care and their impressions of health care homes.

  • East St. Paul, April 22, 2009
  • North Minneapolis, April 24, 2009
  • Duluth, April 27, 2009
  • Moorhead, April 28, 2009
  • Marshall, April 29, 2009
Updated Friday, 09-Aug-2013 16:17:55 CDT