About Us

The Innovation Group is NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center’s internal research and evaluation department. We conduct research, translate research into practice, monitor outcomes, promote best practices and analyze and advance innovative ideas and strategies.

The Innovation Group, then known as the Innovation Center, was launched in 2006 as the research and evaluation hub of NorthPoint. The Center received seed funding from Bush Foundation when it first began and recently received a second round of funding in April 2008. The Innovation Group has evolved since the department’s inception.

Today, the Innovation Group has a clear mission as a catalyst for improving the health and well-being of the community. We are rooted in diverse communities and are dedicated to research and best practices that effectively produce change, impact policy and promote community health and well-being.

Innovation Group Contact Information

Director:
Dr. Julie Nielsen
julie.nielsen@hennepin.us

Program Evaluator:
Naima Bashir
naima.bashir@hennepin.us

Our Commitment

The Innovation Group is committed to providing NorthPoint with the tools and research necessary to be a data-driven organization.

The Innovation Group is committed to providing information and assistance in best practice implementation and the reduction of health and economic disparities.

The Innovation Group is committed to working with programs to define achievements and measurements and to improve program effectiveness.

The Innovation Group is committed to partnering with others to conduct health disparities research and health care improvement.