Developing tools to identify, track and engage patients with depression to improve care in Minnesota

This Minnesota-focused project is aimed at making patients with depression feel better faster through the introduction of tools for health care providers and patients with depression. The grantee, Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM), is one of 16 communities in Aligning Forces for Quality, a major Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to raise the quality of care and reduce disparities at the regional level. Each Aligning Forces community sets quality goals. This grant supports MNCM in achieving one of its quality goals: to increase depression-remission rates (the rate of patients with dementia who feel better) over six months by 6 percent to 12 percent by 2013. Deliverables will be a provider toolkit developed with provider and patient input to identify and track patients with depression and to engage them in their own care; and a patient-oriented tool to assist patients in tracking their mood and their progress in managing their depression. The project team will promote and disseminate the provider toolkit statewide, and it will be freely available to all providers on the MNCM website, which already hosts many provider-oriented tools. The grantee will work with an established consumer advisory panel to develop a plan to promote the consumer-mood tracker.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $65,477.00

Awarded on: 7/22/2011

Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 69263


MN Community Measurement

Broadway Place East, Suite 455
3433 Broadway Street, N.E.
Minneapolis, 55413-2553


Diane R. Mayberry
Project Director


Kris Soegaard
Project Director