North Sky works with a variety of public and private health and human services organizations intent on improving the lives of Minnesotans and people around the country. Our assessment, planning, and evaluation services  which we offer at highly competitive rates  assist our clients in developing and delivering effective and efficient initiatives.

Below is a list of current and past clients and projects.

"Healthy56258 initially enlisted the services of North Sky to help us develop the necessary infrastructure to support and sustain a new community health initiative. Brooke and her colleagues took the time to learn about our group and conduct the necessary research to provide the best recommendations. It is very clear that Brooke is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about this space. Brooke made solid recommendations and delivered a plan for us to move forward.  We were so impressed by Brooke’s expertise and responsiveness that we extended our contract so that she can help us finalize the work she helped us start."

-Karen Madden, Co-Chair, Healthy56258

Project Highlights

ACCOUNTABLE COMMUNITIES FOR HEALTH

Hennepin County Medical Center and project partners in Brooklyn Park are funded by both the State Innovation Model (SIM) Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) grant and a SCALE grant from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. North Sky is facilitating work groups tasked with developing strategies for payment, evaluation, community-based prevention, health equity, and coordinated care and is also providing technical assistance during implementation for ACH and SCALE.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NURSES (NASN) 

North Sky is the evaluator for a five year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at improving the uptake of influenza vaccination in schools in districts in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. North Sky also worked with NASN to tell the story of the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency grant aimed at reducing asthma triggers in schools around the country.

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA - Center for Prevention

North Sky provides assessment and evaluation services to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Center for Prevention on projects related to leadership development, communications, and health care/community partnership. North Sky is the lead evaluator for the Healthy Health Care Pilot Evaluation, and is providing qualitative evaluation support for the Fruit and Veggie Rx program. 

PAST PROJECTS

SHIP 3 HEALTH CARE STRATEGY

North Sky is assisting in the implementation and evaluation of the SHIP health care strategies in Dakota and Scott Counties. In Dakota County, North Sky is providing technical assistance to several clinics implementing a screen, counsel, refer, and follow-up process related to overweight and obesity, pre-diabetes, and tobacco use. In Scott County, North Sky is working with the Scott County Health Care Collaborative to develop and evaluate a model intended to identify frequent users of safety net health care services and connect them with primary care providers.

 

COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANT

North Sky created case studies for two different organizations – the Minnesota Public Health Association and ICF International – related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded Community Transformation Grant. The case studies focused on clinical strategies related to community-based resource referrals, reimbursement, and quality improvement.

Additionally, North Sky is developing an issue brief for ICF International on how partnerships between Accountable Care Organizations and community organizations can improve the health of older adults.

THE IMPROVE GROUP

Under the direction of the Improve Group, which was contracted by the Minnesota Department of Health, North Sky coordinated the Tobacco-Free Communities (TFC) Technical Assistance Evaluation. North Sky conducted a dozen key informant interviews with technical assistance providers and TFC grantees. The objective of these interviews was to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement in the TFC technical assistance model.

In a second project as a subcontractor for the Improve Group, North Sky served as focus group facilitator and interviewer for a Department of Human Services Aging and Disabilities Services project. Brooke Carlson conducted over two dozen interviews and focus groups in seven communities around the state with older adults, people with disabilities and/or mental illness, caregivers, and county human services staff. 

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

In 2013, North Sky was contracted by Office of the Assistance Commissioner for Health Care Administration to assist in the development of the Operations Plan for the SIM grant. SIM is a $45 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intended to ensure that every citizen of the state of Minnesota has the option to receive team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care that increases and facilitates access to medical care, behavioral health care, long-term care, and other services.

SHIP 3 PLANNING GRANTS

North Sky served as a Strategic Adviser to several SHIP 3 Planning grantees. In this role, North Sky provided the following services to six counties during their planning grants:

  • coaching and training to new staff on policy, systems, and environmental change; 
  • guidance on conducting the community assessment; and,  
  • facilitation of Community Leadership Team meetings and the strategy selection process.

Additionally, North Sky provided support to the Minnesota Department of Health in the planning of SHIP 3 and assisted in writing the SHIP 3 Request for Proposals.  

TERRA SOMA, LLC

As a subcontractor to Terra Soma, North Sky provided technical assistance to communities that were existing or prospective grantees of Hunger-Free Minnesota. For this project, North Sky worked with cross-sector community-based coalitions to help use community-level data to design strategies that would reduce hunger in their communities.