Minnesota Path to Value Project Application

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is supporting Rural Health Innovations (RHI) in providing direct, customizable technical assistance to six Minnesota critical access hospitals (CAHs) to participate in the Minnesota Path to Value (MNPTV) project. The five-year project moves the participating hospitals on a care coordination journey to improve population health by sustaining an integrated clinical and community-based care delivery model. Ideal candidates understand the need to create a sustainable care delivery model, have begun exploring the possibilities, and are seeking support and guidance to create and sustain an integrated clinical and community care delivery model.

View the project work plan and scope of work for details. 


CAHs interested in participating in this five-year program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a CAH located in Minnesota
  • Complete the MNPTV Application
  • Complete the Population Health Readiness Assessment
  • Ensure CEO and upper leadership fully support hospital participation in this project by serving on the design team
  • Identify a designated Community Champion (see next section)

Community Champion

Purpose of the Community Champion

The purpose of the Community Champion (CC) is to help guide the selected hospital team and community throughout project activities. The CC will also facilitate communications between the organization and RHI staff.

Community Champion Roles and Responsibilities

The CC is an individual that will be a catalyst for culture change. This individual will be instrumental in creating a cultural shift in their community towards healthier living and are essential to long-term success of the selected hospital’s project activities.

CC Key Expectations:

  • Act as a liaison and be responsive to RHI staff
  • Meet project deadlines
  • Support the selected hospital team in meeting project goals
  • Engage community organizations in the project
  • Be actively involved and engaged in all project training and development activities

Hospital Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of MNPTV Application which includes two parts:
    1. The general information section of the application consists of required fields that are not used in scoring the applications
    2. Essay questions (5 points possible per question for a total of 45 points)
  2. The strength of organizational and operational structures as indicated by the responses on the Population Health Readiness Assessment (105 points possible)
  3. The essay questions are weighted at 80% of the total score and the Population Health Readiness Assessment is weighted at 20%.

A total of 150 points is possible. Once the total points are calculated, applicants are sorted and ranked from highest to lowest based on total scores. The RHI team will review ranked hospitals and discuss overall findings with staff from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The ranked list is prioritized in collaboration with MDH staff. RHI will initiate the development of the hospital projects only after MDH’s approval of the ranked and selected hospitals.

Apply for a MNPTV Project

The application period has closed. Selected hospitals will be selected and notified by January 24, 2020. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $911,531 with 0 percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.