MAPS' mission is "safe care everywhere." Given the increasing evidence that patient/family/resident engagement is an essential component of safe care, in 2015 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

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, 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.




November 5, 2015


MAPS is pleased to announce a subcontract under the new Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) contract, Hospital Engagement Networks. The one-year subcontract award is for $47,000 and started on September 24, 2015. The contract was awarded by the U.S. DHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It will allow MHA to continue quality and safety initiatives through its Partnership for Patients Initiative.

MAPS has started work on three initiatives for the subcontract:

1. Synthesize information about existing tools and research on best practices for patient engagement in communities to develop simplified and standardized guidance for providers and patients to implement engagement best practices.

2. Host an educational event for the community to align around a set of priorities and practices to advance patient and family engagement in Minnesota.

3. Establish a first-of-its-kind “Patient Family Advisory Council” across various settings of care. The Council will provide input into development of the toolkit(s) and provide guidance more broadly on how to expand and sustain the work of increasing effectiveness of patient and family engagement to promote safety. The first meeting was held on November 4, 2015. The composition of the Council will evolve over the next year to expand its reach. Find information about the Council here.

The deliverables for the subcontract support MAP’s overall strategic focus for 2015-2016: Engaging Patients, Providers and the Community for Better, Safer Care Across the Continuum”. Stay tuned to the MAPS website for further information as the work progresses. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Welte.