Brooke Carlson, MA, MPH
Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, Brooke has long been aware of the critical role Minnesota organizations play in influencing our ability to live healthy and productive lives. She founded North Sky Health Consulting in 2013 in order to provide comprehensive and affordable services to organizations seeking to positively impact people’s lives through health and human services initiatives.
Brooke’s ability to successfully assist such organizations in reaching
their full potential is rooted in her extensive academic and professional
background. In her early work at the Improve Group, Brooke learned the
fundamentals of planning and evaluation on projects related to health and human services;
transportation; poverty; school health and safety; school arts programs; and
tobacco, drug, alcohol, and violence prevention. She brought this
knowledge to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) where, as Policy Manager
for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), she was responsible for
collaborating with stakeholders to plan, develop, and implement strategies to
address obesity and tobacco in Minnesota communities. While at MDH, Brooke
contributed to the passage of Minnesota’s Health Reform Legislation
and led the design of SHIP’s “Menu of Interventions” and “Guide to
Implementing and Evaluating Interventions.” Brooke went on to serve as Planning
and Development Manager for a former affiliate company of Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Minnesota. As President of North Sky, Brooke counts each of
these organizations among her many clients – a testament to the strength
and longevity of her working relationships.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvd) in Planning
from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Health Geography
and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Policy and Administration, both at the
University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, two sons, and their
The North Sky Network
Megan Ellingson, MHA – Consultant
With over 20
years of experience in health care, public health, and their intersection, Megan
aims to transform health using a whole-person approach,
in families and communities, and along the health prevention and care
continuum. Her areas of expertise include community health, healthy
homes, high-risk pregnancy, home visiting, youth alcohol and tobacco use,
obesity and chronic disease prevention, grant and contract management, building
and maintaining multi-sector collaborations, and health care reimbursement.
Megan’s professional experience includes 14 years as a Health Policy and Program
Coordinator at the Minneapolis Health Department, and Department Manager and
Administrative Fellow at Intermountain Health Care. She has also worked in
direct patient care as a Patient Advocate and Clinical Services
Coordinator at a California community clinic, as a Care Guide in late-life
supportive care at a large Minnesota health system, and as a hospice
Megan has a BA in Human Biology/Medical Anthropology from Stanford University and an MHA in Health Care Administration/Financial Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ruth Gebremedhin, BS - Research Assistant
From evaluating an urban youth community garden and contributing to health care quality research to co-managing Wisconsin’s first attempt at national public health accreditation, Ruth has a variety of public health experiences in academic, community-based, and governmental settings. She understands the complexity in maintaining healthy communities and wants to improve organizational infrastructure and processes within health systems. Her decision to pursue a degree in healthcare administration illustrates her desire to lead long-lasting, inclusive, and innovative improvements in larger health systems using a health equity lens.
Ruth holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Currently, she is pursuing her MHA at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with an emphasis in public health.