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 two dogs.

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 volunteer. 

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.