Consumer/Family Advisory Council

This council provides consumer/family perspectives and expertise to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of patient/family-centered health care homes in Minnesota.;

The council began meeting in November 2008. These work groups have covered subjects including standards and certification; verification; payment methodology; and outcomes measurement.


There are no council meetings currently scheduled.


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) encouraged Consumers, family members or health advocates who represent other consumers and families to participate in these work groups.

A requirement for members is they must have diverse experience utilizing health care services and be willing to share their experience and expertise to enhance health care homes - and bring information back to the organization or association they represent.

The goal for the consumer/family council is to include:

  • Diverse representation of chronic health and development conditions (including physical and mental health)
  • Diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic composition
  • Diverse ages of patients being represented

MDH and DHS found members who meet these criteria to participate in these work groups. Members include representatives of major advocacy organizations. The consumer/family advisory council meets independently, facilitated by MDH/DHS with the assistance of a contracted facilitator.

Current membership

Carolyn Allshouse - Family Voices of Minnesota
Rebecca Schlough - CentraCare Medical Home team
Jeff Bangsberg - Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities
Cynthia Hanson - Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Natalie Laski - Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Sharon Lahti - Medical Home team - Medical Home Team - Duluth

Updated Monday, April 14, 2014 at 04:51PM