Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety
September 14, 2015
In This Issue

MAPS' Exciting Work on Patient and Family Engagement!

paper_people_chain.jpg To fine tune MAPS' strategic focus, the MAPS Board of Directors recently decided to continue to build on patient and family engagement as a lens to focus MAPS work. 

MAPS will engage patients, providers and community for better, safer care across the continuum.

We will use this focus as we continue work on our current priorities; convening and aligning the community, ensuring safe transitions and strengthening relationships between patients and their care teams to foster safety.

A growing body of evidence and industry best practices indicates that engaged patients receive higher quality and safer care with better outcomes. Patients, clients, families, and caregivers play a significant role in discovering defects, preventing problems, and improving care delivery. However, we also know that care organizations in Minnesota have varying levels of infrastructure, programmatic support, and knowledge to advance engagement.

MAPS' next phase of work will build on "Your Own Best Medicine," which provided tools to engage patients and providers at the personal interaction level. This upcoming work will aim to provide resources for engagement at the organizational level. It will also help ensure appropriate patient/family representation and involvement on organization's advisory, safety, and quality committees. In recent weeks, we have conducted thorough interviews with a variety of care settings to better understand the current state of programs. This fall, we will be forming a planning committee comprised of organization and patient/resident/family representatives to help design initial tool(kits) to be used by the community.

If you would like to be involved in this initial planning committee and provide input and design feedback for tool(kits)/resources, please contact Catherine Schramm, MAPS Project Consultant. We are excited to start this new phase of work with you!

MAPS' Board Member's Work Highlighted in Recent Star Tribune Article

 An August 30, 2015 article in the Star Tribune explored a new movement toward focusing on the problem of misdiagnosis in health care and patient safety. MAPS' Board member, Laurie Drill Mellum and her organization, MMIC, are featured because of their work in reviewing claims for diagnostic errors. Check out the full article here


Mark your calendars: MAPS' 2016 Conference will be 
October 27 & 28, 2016
volunteer_signup_sheet.jpgPlanning for MAPS' 2016 Conference is underway! 

We are now recruiting Conference Co-Chairs, who, along with MAPS staff & Conference planning staff, will meet monthly throughout the next year. We are also looking for a broad group of participants, who will attend two to three planning sessions where we will gather ideas about keynote speakers, breakout sessions and conference themes and goals. 

We welcome anyone who anyone is interested in participating! Please email us at MAPS for more information.

Behavior at Work Collaborative Conference - October 6, 2015

The Behavior at Work Collaborative is having a conference "Behavior at Work: Envision a Great Culture - Engage in Making it Happen" on October 6, 2015. The conference will focus on "effective assessment tools, resources, interventions and strategies to lead Minnesota forward in promoting and sustaining healthy workplace environments within the healthcare setting."

For more details and registration information, go to the event's website.

Patient Safety Job Opportunities

HealthEast Care System:
HealthEast Care System is hiring two Quality & Patient Safety Specialists. To view and to apply to the positions, go to http://bit.ly/1K1AT92.
Minnesota Hospital Association:
MHA is hiring a Senior Director for Quality and Patient Safety. To view and to apply to the position, go to Senior Director Quality & Patient Safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Our email and phone number are below.

Marie and Betsy

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety | 612-362-3756 |
1300 Godward St NE, Suite 2500
Minneapolis, MN 55413