2020 Grant-Funded Projects:

MAPS' mission is "safe care everywhere." Given the increasing evidence that patient/family/resident engagement is an essential component of safe care, the MAPS Board of Directors selected the following overarching priority to guide MAPS work moving forward,"MAPS will engage patients, providers and the community for better, safer health care across the continuum." Started in 2019 and continuing into 2020, MAPS is bringing the engagement priority to life through two grant-funded projects:

Stop Dropping the Ball: Improving Diagnosis Across Transitions of Care in Rural Communities: This innovative project is centered on improving diagnostic test management upon discharge from the emergency department in a rural community. By co-designing a new process with community members and patients, the possibility of test result follow-up communication failures will be minimized. Funded by MMIC/Constellation and Stratis Health.

Establishing Engaged Community Advisory Boards in Assisted Living: Built on best practices for engagement, with relevance to the assisted living setting, we’ll establish meaningful community advisory boards in three pilot assisted living sites. The objective is to replicate the model statewide. These community advisory boards will create opportunities for joint decision-making and help ensure that decisions better reflect the tenant and family perspective and needs. Funded by Care Providers of Minnesota and Stratis Health. Our three pilot sites:


Building on our patient engagement work in Own Best Medicine, MAPS in 2016-17 embarked on a grant funded project which included creating a website/virtual community, holding a community educational event, and convening a Patient & Family Engagement Planning Committee. The new website, www.includealways.org was launched in July 2016 at the educational event “Exploring Partnerships” that MAPS co-hosted with the Minnesota Hospital Association. MAPS Patient & Family Engagement Planning Committee will continue to guide MAPS work on this important priority across all care settings--including the continued development of the virtual tools and ongoing events and training programs.