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MDH Learning Center

Support your Health Care Homes transformation by visiting the MDH Learning Center, your gateway to online courses, conferences, webinars and other resources designed for Health Care Homes stakeholders at all levels of learning.

The MDH Learning Center login page is located at https://minnesota.myabsorb.com/#/login.

You will need to create a MDH Learning Center user profile at initial login (details below).
Once you establish a MDH Learning Center user profile, you’ll be able to access learning opportunities and create a transcript of your activity.

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A course for clinicians and care team members focusing on best practices and tools for diagnosing cognitive impairment in older adults. Created in partnership with Act on Alzheimer’s, this free course includes video demonstrations, webinars, and practice exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the value of timely detection of cognitive impairment and dementia
  2. Administer, score, and interpret at least one objective cognitive assessment tool
  3. Discuss cognitive assessment results and next steps with patients and other providers

This free online course was developed in partnership with ACT on Alzheimer's. Register on the MDH Learning Center.

New to the Learning Center? Click on these links to get started: Create a MDH Learning Center User Profile, Registration Tips, Register, MDH Learning Center FAQs.

Improving the quality of care through community partnerships can be challenging. This course gets you started with information on building community partnerships, data sharing, data vs. information, and assessing the quality of data. Links to tools and resources will deepen your knowledge. Developed in collaboration between MDH Health Care Homes and the MDH Center for Health Information Policy and Transformation (CHIPT)

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe a framework for collaborating with community partners to use and share data
  • Explain fundamental opportunities and limitations for using clinical data from electronic health record systems
  • Identify what forms of data may be used with and without data sharing agreements
  • Appreciate the importance of discussing results/findings to develop collaborative next steps

This course is free, available on demand and may qualify for CEU credit. Register on the MDH Learning Center.

New to the Learning Center? Click on these links to get started: Create a MDH Learning Center User Profile, Registration Tips, Register, MDH Learning Center FAQs.

Emerging Professions is a new e-learning course developed in partnership with the MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. In this course, you will learn how community health workers, community paramedics and dental therapists can enhance your practice and better serve your patients. You will also learn where to find qualified candidates, how to write job descriptions and how to build them into your practice.

Register for this free online course on the MDH Learning Center.

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A series of fourteen lessons that takes learners through each of the five Health Care Homes standards and the necessary steps for certification and recertification.

Register for this free online course on the MDH Learning Center.

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HCH is excited to introduce Fundamentals of Care Coordination, a multi-lesson foundations course that covers the principles and practices of effective care coordination. Like other HCH e-learning courses, the care coordination course is free and consists of short lessons so you can select topics of interest and complete lessons in manageable chunks of time. HCH Practice Improvement Specialists provided subject matter expertise and resources for the course.

Register for this free online course on the MDH Learning Center.

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Learn about the difference between implicit and explicit bias, the various lenses through which we view our environment, and how implicit bias affects quality of care and patient health. Additional tools and resources provided. Created by Health Care Homes in partnership with Stratis Health.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Recognize that everyone holds implicit bias
  • Describe how implicit bias impacts care quality
  • Provide one example of how implicit bias impacts patients
  • Identify strategies to increase awareness of implicit bias to minimize impacts

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This course was created through a collaboration between two MDH sections, Health Care Homes (HCH) and the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII). Topics covered include best practices in integrated care as well as Minnesota-based examples of work being done by both primary care and behavioral health providers. Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • Define bi-directional integration and the need for this approach
  • Identify three key components of integrated care and how they can be implemented in primary care or behavioral health settings
  • Describe the experiences, challenges, and solutions of Hennepin County Mental Health Center and their integrated care delivery model

This course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEU’s.

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One in three American adults has undiagnosed prediabetes. Left unchecked, prediabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that lifestyle changes can stop or slow prediabetes. This course looks at prediabetes through the lens of population health, including screening, identifying risk factors and how community partnerships can aid prediabetes management. Developed by the MDH Health Care Homes Program in collaboration with the MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives.

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of prediabetes to population health
  • Identify risk factors and symptoms of prediabetes
  • Describe screening tools and diagnostic tests for prediabetes
  • List key action steps for developing care plans for individuals living with prediabetes
  • Refer or recommend a community or online diabetes prevention program or other lifestyle change resource
  • Identify opportunities for partnering with the community to address prediabetes

This course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEU’s.
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Quality improvement is an essential component of effective organizations and a requirement for health care home certification. This online course explores the fundamentals of quality improvement, including charters, PDSA, the 5 Whys, process maps, defining opportunities, and the Model for Improvement. This course is a collaboration between MDH Health Care Homes and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Consider elements of the system and how they might be impacting the improvement opportunity
  • Explore issues using the 5 Whys and mapping techniques
  • Apply the Model for Improvement's three questions to any improvement challenge

This course is free, available on demand and may qualify for CEU credit. Register on the MDH Learning Center.

New to the Learning Center? Click on these links to get started: Create a MDH Learning Center User Profile, Registration Tips, Register, MDH Learning Center FAQs.

Risk Stratification
HCH is excited to introduce two new e-Learning courses on Risk Stratification.

Learning about Your Population – Introduction to Risk Stratification
Describes risk stratification and its link to Health Care Homes, explains why it is important, and provides examples of processes and tools.

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Define risk stratification and describe why it is important
  • Recognize how risk stratification is connected to Health Care Homes standards
  • Describe the benefits of knowing the complexity of your population
  • Identify levels of risk, processes, and examples of risk stratification tools.

The course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEUs.

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Risk Stratifying Your Population: Strategies and Examples
This course explores models of risk stratification, highlights work being done by Health Care Homes clinics to assess and manage patient populations and looks at the link between risk stratification and care coordination.

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe multiple risk stratification models for the care coordination of a population
  • Identify how using data sources can create levels of risk in your patient population
  • Describe real world examples of assessing and managing patients from a data driven perspective.
  • Recognize how care coordination interventions are tailored to risk levels

The course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEUs.

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Visit the MDH Learning Center for more information and registration (required). NOTE: to register on the Learning Center, you must first establish a user profile and password. !

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Learners will explore shared decision making, a model of patient-centered care. Topics include defining and describing the shared decision making approach, when and how to make use of shared decision making, and what steps should be taken when implementing this model in your organizational setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe shared decision making and its potential for our health system in a rapidly changing care delivery and payment environment
  • Identify the questions you should ask to analyze and improve your shared decision making efforts
  • List the steps needed to apply these principles to your measurement and improvement priorities

This free online course was developed in partnership with Stratis Health. Register on the MDH Learning Center.

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For many organizations, COVID-19 has been a catalyst in adoption of telehealth. Whether your organization is just starting or on your way, this course will help you chart your voyage with information, tools, and resources to advance your telehealth practice. All aboard! Developed by the MDH Health Care Homes program in collaboration with the MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives.

Participants who complete this course will be able to:

  • Relate one example of telehealth to clinical practice experience
  • Measure current readiness to change telehealth practices
  • Identify and prioritize one area for improvement in the use of telehealth solutions
  • Describe the value and impact of making a change to telehealth practices.
  • Select at least one resource to assist in making the identified telehealth practice improvement

This course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEU’s.
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Explores strategies to support management of hypertension, including prevention, patient self-management, and partnerships between clinics, local public health and community organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of self-measuring blood pressure for hypertension management
  • Identify strategies to coordinate hypertension management through partnerships between clinics, community organizations, and local public health
  • Help clinics and communities partner to promote healthy lifestyles to reduce and manage hypertension

This course is free, available on demand, and provides a completion certificate for obtaining CEU’s.
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Building Systems for Culturally Responsive Integrated Care

The Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services teamed up to offer Health Care Home (HCH) clinics, Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs), Behavioral Health Home (BHH) services providers, as well as Minnesota behavioral health providers and their partners a free 6-month learning experience called, “Building Systems for Culturally Responsive Integrated Care.”

The six-part series began in January 2020 and included monthly online learning sessions with additional resources for study, reflection, online discussion and coaching. Learning sessions are recorded and posted as available.

Fact Sheet (PDF)

Video Recordings of Sessions


Leadership and Organizing in Action Workshop


Leadership and Organizing in Action (LOA) is a community organizing initiative developed by ReThink Health. This day-long workshop was offered on two days: May 15, 2019 in Marshall and June 4, 2019 in Duluth. At this workshop, participants learned how to exercise leadership to organize and mobilize partners and stakeholders who have an interest in defining a shared vision and action plan aimed at strengthening collaboration and engagement around population health and quality improvement.


Behavioral Health Integration Summit

On September 25, 2018, in Shoreview, Minnesota, Health Care Homes, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and Behavioral Health Home services providers and their community partners participated in a full day event focused on behavioral health integration in Minnesota. Joan King from the National Council of Behavioral Health was the featured speaker.


Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health
The MDH Health Care Homes program held two Minnesota regional meetings (in St. Cloud on May 31, 2018, and the other in Mankato on June 19, 2018) for certified Health Care Home clinics, Behavioral Health Home services providers, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and partner organizations interested in working together to enhance whole person care. The events were facilitated by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). To view agendas and PDF's, click on the links below.

Please go to the Past webinar webpage for webinars held prior to 2018.

Click on the links below to access PowerPoint slides from 2018 webinars.

Visit the Health Care Homes YouTube playlist for webinar recordings as available.


Risky Business: One Health Care System’s Model of Risk Stratification (PDF)

  • Jill Swenson, BSN, RN, CCM,Lead Clinical Strategist, Sanford Health

The Psychology of Change: Creating an Environment Where Improvement Can Thrive (PDF)

  • Alyssa Palmer, Director of Quality, Southside Community Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sarah Horst, Project Manager and Health Care Consultant, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Minneapolis, MN

Health Care Disparities: Using Data to Identify and Act (PDF)

  • Laura Grangaard Johnson, MPH, Senior Research Analyst, Stratis Health
  • Chris Singer, MAN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Operating Officer, West Side Community Health Services
  • Kathie Culhane-Pera, MD, Medical Director of Quality, West Side Community Health Services

Juniper: A Resource for Chronic Disease Management, Falls Prevention, and Community Health (PDF)

  • Sara Lindquist, M.D. Director of Healthcare Integration at Innovations for Aging
  • Mark Cullen, MPA Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Innovations for Aging

Open Clinical Notes: A Tool for Patient Engagement (PDF)

  • Bill Sonterre, Strategic Account Executive/Senior Health IT Consultant, Stratis Health, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lynn McFarling, MD and Chief Medical Information Officer, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud, MN

June 12: The MIPS Experience: A HCH First Year Participant Story (PDF)

  • Reid Haase, Project Manager, Healthcare IT Consultant and Practice Facilitator, Stratis Health, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sister Mary Raphael Paradis. Administrator, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, Jackson, MN

  1. Go to the MDH Learning Center login webpage.
  2. Click the Sign Up button.
  3. Enter your registration information, including a username and password.
  4. Click Sign Up. You will be logged into the MDH Learning Center.

  1. Each person registering for a learning event must establish a MDH Learning Center user profile and password before registering.
  2. Register one person at a time.
  3. Register in the name of the person who is attending the learning event.
  4. If you find you are unable to attend after registering, send someone else in your place or let MDH HCH know so we can open space for someone else.

  1. Login to the MDH Learning Center.
  2. Select Catalog from the menu bar.
  3. If you are looking for a particular course or training, you can search by entering the name in the field on the left of the screen labelled Course Name. Then go to Step #5.
  4. To browse available Health Care Homes offerings, click Minnesota Department of Health (on bar in center of screen), then Health Care Access and Quality.
  5. Select your course or training and click Enroll. You are now enrolled. If it is an e-learning course or other online offering, click Start to begin.


  1. Is there a cost associated with creating a user profile?
    No, there is no charge for creating a user profile or logging into the MDH Learning Center. Most learning opportunities are offered free of charge. If there is a charge, you will be asked for payment information as you register.

  2. If I work for another state or local government agency and have an Learning Center account there, do I need to create a new profile for the MDH system?
    Yes, you will need to create a user profile for the MDH Learning Center, regardless of whether or not you already have an account with another Learning Center. Each system is independent of the others.

  3. How can I see the number of learning activities completed and credits earned?
    Click this button Learning course icon in the upper right part of the screen. Select Transcript from the drop-down menu. You will be able to view a record of all your learnings and credits earned.

  4. Are CEU credits available for learning activities?
    Certificates of attendance are available to registrants who participate in learning activities and complete an online evaluation. Submit the certificate of attendance to your licensing board for continuing education credits.

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Updated Monday, 26-Oct-2020 11:25:27 CDT