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To expand efforts to support implementation of best practices of care coordination services across the state, the MDH Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (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 five individual project grants of $32,000 each. Quality improvement projects will last 18 months, beginning December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019. 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.

Health care practices and/or systems that apply are required to select a minimum of one of the following care coordination domains as their primary focus area of their quality improvement project.

  • Needs assessment/continuing care coordination engagement
  • Care planning and communication
  • Facilitating care transitions
  • Connecting with community resources and schools
  • Transitioning to adult care

The Request for Proposal, Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Care Coordination Quality Improvement Grants, has been posted.

The entire application must be submitted by email to by October 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) (CST). No application will be accepted for consideration after this time.

For more information, please see the MDH CYSHN website.

For assistance, please contact Wendy Berghorst, MDH CYSHN Transition Specialist, at

The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following clinics as newly certified Health Care Homes:

  • Riverwood Aitkin Clinic
  • Riverwood Garrison Clinic
  • Riverwood McGregor Clinic

Find currently certified Health Care Homes on the HCH Interactive map.

Visit our You Tube channel to hear how Health Care Homes certification is transforming primary care and improving health for patients, families and communities.
Health Care Homes Videos.

The HCH Certification Assessment Tool (PDF) has been updated with input from multiple users. The requirements and standards remain the same, but the new tool provides easier to understand language and formatting.
For further information, please contact your assigned MDH HCH Nurse Planner or email Health Care Homes at:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released a report updating the status of Minnesota's 15 Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) as they strive to improve health across the state. Accountable Communities for Health meet the clinical and social needs of a population through community partnerships and person-centered, coordinated care across a range of providers. Minnesota is evaluating whether the model of care providers and communities working together results in improvements in quality, cost, and experience of care. About $5.6 million, or 14 percent, of Minnesota's State Innovation Model funds are dedicated to 15 ACH grant projects.

The report, Advancing Health Equity (PDF)"Accountable Communities for Health: Perspectives on Grant Projects and Future Considerations", includes the following highlights:

•An overview of the Accountable Community for Health model
•A summary of successes and challenges as the efforts completed more than half of their 2-year funding cycle
•Examination of similar approaches in at least four other states, and
•Recommendations and considerations for developing the model in the future

Please visit the Accountable Communities for Health page of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model website to download a copy of this report.

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Updated Monday, September 18, 2017 at 01:36PM