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The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS)  has launched a statewide virtual Community Advisory Council.

Our belief:
•It is necessary that safety conversations include patients, residents, and families 
•These conversations support trusting relationships, mutual respect, and a solution-oriented culture.

Background: In 2020, many organizations suspended patient and family engagement (PFE) efforts to focus wholly on their COVID-19 response. MAPS aims to support those organizations and their patient/family advisors and partners by hosting meetings for patient/family partners and advisors to give input on safety topics for the benefit of our Minnesota healthcare community.

Purpose: With a focus on safety, provide a forum to elevate the perspective, ideas, and input of patients, residents, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This forum offers members of Patient and Family Advisory Councils, Resident/Family Advisory Councils, and patient/family advisors serving in health systems a unique opportunity to share insights and perspectives on care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary, statewide Community Advisory Council is designed for patient and family advisors to address COVID-19 relevant topics for safety. 

Please share this website and encourage council members and patient/family advisors to participate. MAPS believes that patient/resident and family engagement in conversations for healthcare safety is as important as ever to support trusting relationships, mutual respect, and a solution-oriented culture. To join the Council and receive meeting invites, please email 

Meeting Details: In 2021, meetings are held virtually on the last Monday of the month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time.

  • Meetings re hosted on the Zoom virtual meeting platform. The Zoom confirmation email that goes to Council members the week before each call will include the meeting link, meeting ID, and associated phone numbers.
  • MAPS staff and selected patients will facilitate the conversation.
  • A summary of the conversations will be published on the MAPS website and social media channels.
  • Attendees may receive a pre-survey via email from MAPS prior to the call in order to use our time effectively.

2021 Meeting Schedule and Summaries: Perspectives on Ensuring Safe Care Everywhere during COVID-19

  • February 22, 2-3pm CT Meeting Summary:  MAPS Community Advisory Council Summary_Feb 22, 2021.pdf
  • Monday, March 29, 2-3pm CT
  • CANCELLED Monday, April 26, 2-3pm CT, Board Update forthcoming
  • No meeting in May (5/31/21 is Memorial Day)
  • Monday, June 28, 2-3pm CT
  • Monday, July 26, 2-3pm CT
  • Monday, August 30, 2-3pm CT
  • Monday, September 27, 2-3pm CT
  • Monday, October 25, 2-3pm CT
  • Monday, November 29, 2-3pm CT
  • No meeting in December (12/27/21 is a holiday for MAPS and Stratis Health staff) 

2020 Meeting Summaries: Perspectives on Ensuring Safe Care Everywhere during COVID-19

A sincere thank you to the Lexington Writing Firm for providing their services during and after calls in 2020 as MAPS was the recipient of their inaugural pro bono services award program!

Questions: please email